Talia enjoyed a solid prep career at a small high school in northern California, but he wasn't able to qualify academically for a scholarship, so he headed to DVC to make a name for himself.
"My brother went here, so it was sorta a no-brainer for me when I wasn't able to qualify," Talia told JCFootball.com. "The coaches here are great and I had a great mentor in Kyle Kragen who I still talk to about stuff, so it's been a great experience for me."
As a freshman this past season while playing a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker spot, Talia racked up 48 tackles, six sacks and 9.5 tackles-for-loss and this year he plans to do much more now that he's used to the speed of the college game.
"Kyle and I worked on a lot of stuff together and he was a great pass rusher (14.5 sacks in 2013)," Talia noted. "He and I still talk about how to approach things and what I need to do, so it's been good.
"I'm actually putting on weight now because I think I'm going to play some defensive tackle for us, so I'm trying to make myself versatile and help my team any way that I can."
With that in mind, Talia has been working hard to put on good weight and that has included a regimen of protein shakes, several big meals a day and putting in the time in the weight room.
"I'm working out and running almost every day," Talia said. "I'm also taking three protein shakes per day and then four big meals which is a lot of lean meats and vegetables. I want to weigh about 285 or 290 when the season starts, so that's what I've been working on."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Talia has five offers and more could be on the way.
"I have offers from Kansas, Hawaii, Washington, Baylor and Utah State right now and I've been hearing a lot from Nebraska and Missouri and I think they might be the next schools to offer," Talia said.
As far as academics are concerned, Talia is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.
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