Profile: Viane Talamaivao
Position: Offensive Guard
Location: Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Weight: 315 pounds
Recruiting: Alabama offered Talamaivao in early March and they immediately jumped to the top of the list. The guard had actually been a silent commitment for some time but word leaked out on Thursday that Talamaivao was headed to Bama and he confirmed that he was SEC bound. Ole Miss was right there with the Tide and Washington and USC were also high on the list and Talamaivao did say he still wants to take his official visits but his commitment does look pretty solid right now.
What to Like: Talamaivao is a mauler and might be the most physical and nasty offensive lineman out west. He’s incredibly strong, plays with very good technique and is a much better athlete than given credit for. He plays tackle for Centennial but will move to guard in college and has a chance to be a very good player for the Tide.
What may be of concern: Talamaivao missed almost his entire junior season due to a foot injury. As a result, he gained about 25 pounds during the past year and it wasn’t all good weight. Talamaivao has a naturally big frame and can carry 325 pounds or so without a problem but will need to make sure he doesn’t get too top heavy and lose any of his quickness.
Overall Analysis: Talamaivao is an intriguing guard prospect who looked back to his old dominant self at the SoCal NIKE Camp back in March where he earned an invite to The Opening. The timing of the commitment may have surprised some people but not the destination. When offers started rolling in for Talamaivao, he was adamant that location didn’t matter for him and he would go wherever the best fit for him was. He said the Tide and Ole Miss were his co-leaders just two weeks ago but added he wanted to take some official and unofficial visits before making his decision. Despite the fact he has never visited Alabama, the lineman decided an offer from the National Champs was just too good to pass up. Once Talamaivao gets in to the Tide’s strength program and combined with his already solid technique and toughness, it’s scary how good he can be down the road.