Faith Leads Talamaivao
Viane Talamaivao
Viane Talamaivao
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 24, 2013


The Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman, Viane Talamaivao, said his faith led him to Alabama...


Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive guard Viane Talamaivao was one of the standouts at the PTP Kumite in his hometown of Corona on Saturday.

Talamaivao worked at the camp, free from worrying about recruiting, having committed to Alabama last month.

But that hasn't stopped schools from still trying with him.

"Washington, Ole Miss, USC and UCLA are still fighting for me," said Talamaivao.

Talamaivao said he's considering official visits.

"I'm not really too sure I'll take all my visits, it all depends," said Talamaivao. “I might though.”

Talamaivao was at UCLA’s Elite Camp on Friday night, spending a lot of time with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

“I kicked it with Coach Klemm a little bit, we have a real good relationship and I was there to see my boy Kammy (Delp),” said Talamaivao.

But for now, Talamaivao said he's all Bama.

"I had it in my heart and a gut feeling that Alabama was it," said Talamaivao. "And my relationship with Coach (Mario) Cristobal and Coach (Greg) Brown. It was faith that led me to Alabama. It brought me to the decision I made and it’s brought me to this point in my life. People say I only committed because they won national championships or because they’re a pro-style team or because Nick Saban is the best coach, but it’s because I had it in my heart that Alabama was the place for me."

Talamaivao has a vested interest in PTP, with his father Chris, one of the co-founders.

“The camp is enjoyable and just the environment and the people who come to it make it special,” said Talamaivao. “All the coaches make it a fun environment. We had some of the best players in California. Seeing how much my dad is passionate about it and seeing all these great players come out, it means a lot. People don’t really understand the work that goes into it behind the scene. The coaches care about the players that come here. The people behind the scene, my dad, my uncle, they take care of them. It means a lot when you see kids come out.”

Talamaivao said that the competition made it even better.

“It’s good just to go against each other,” said Talamaivao. “We’ve been blessed to be in this position where people follow us and now we can actually give back to PTP and promote our camp and it brings attention to the under the radar guys, which is the true mission statement of PTP. There were some dudes here we didn’t know about and others didn’t know about, but they’ve been coming around, and they get the exposure because they do well.”

Talamaivao said four defensive lineman stood out to him.

Ainuu Taua was super good, and G-Mac Schuster from Long Beach Poly, Jojo Wicker from Long Beach Poly and Austin Maloata was also good,” said Talamaivao.

Next weekend, Talamaivao will head to Oregon for The Opening.

“I’m looking forward to getting into pads,” said Talamaivao. “I’m going to play some guard and center at The Opening. A lot of schools are looking at me as a center, so I’m trying to work on snapping.”

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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