Taliulu looks for D-1 opportunity

Fresno LB Alek Taliulu (6-2, 240) has the size, speed and nasty temperament four-year schools are looking for in the middle of their defense. Last season, as a freshman, the hard-hitting defender posted solid numbers, but he recently told JCFootball.com that was only the beginning and he's primed for a big season this fall…

Taliulu prepped at Tehachapi (Ca.) High School and decided to walk-on at Nevada following graduation. However, things didn't pan out with the Wolfpack, so he decided to head to Fresno City College in order to see if a D-1 scholarship could be in the offing.

"When I went (to Nevada) they said I had a chance to get a scholarship, but after the season was over they told me I wasn't going to get one, so I left," Taliulu explained to JCFootball.com. "It was frustrating, but I had to move on so came back here near my home and feel like it was the right decision because the school is good, the coaches do a good job of getting you ready to move to the next level and we're always playing talented players and against tough teams so you get some good experience too."

Taliulu played in nine games last fall as a freshman, notching nearly 40 tackles and one interception, and while those are solid numbers, he said he feels he can have a bigger season this fall.

"I was just getting used to things again," Taliulu admitted. "This spring and during the summer, I'm working on my speed and quickness and reading things a little better. I feel like I'm a sure-tackler, so I just want to work on my reads and, like everyone, I'm trying to get stronger and faster."

While he hasn't maxed recently, Taliulu said he reps 225 pounds 30 times on the bench press and hopes to hit 405 when his team gets their strength numbers next week. He also said he runs in the 4.8 range, but thinks he might have dropped that down as well with all of the speed training he's been doing.

Recruiting is still in its infancy for Taliulu, but schools have dropped by to watch spring workouts for the Rams and some have spoken to the talented linebacker.

"I have seen and met the Washington State, UCLA and North Texas coaches so far," Taliulu said. "They all asked my coaches about me and said they like me, but I haven't talked to them too much.

"A lot of other schools have been by, but those are the only ones I've talked to. I'm open to anyone that wants to recruit me and feel like I could do well in whatever they asked me to do."

Because he redshirted in 2008, Taliulu will finish his AA in December with two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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