Four-star Californian becomes Bama's first '14 OL commit
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]labama landed its first 2014 offensive line commitment on Thursday when Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s Viane Talamaivao announced his decision to play for the Tide.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Talamaivao is rated a 4-star prospect by all of the major recruiting services, and chose Bama over Florida State, Ole Miss and Washington. He had seven other Pac-12 offers including Cal and UCLA in-state.
Talamaivao plays tackle and guard in high school, but projects as a guard or center on the next level. He was recruited by Bama assistants Greg Brown and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
Brown attended Centennial’s College Coaches Showcase earlier this month to watch Talamaivao work in person. What he saw was a big, strong lineman plays with toughness and can deliver a blow to defenders. He’s athletic, quick out of his stance, able to maintain good balance and has flexible hips.
Like most prep linemen, Talamaivao is more advanced as run blocker than he is in pass pro. He needs to work on refining his footwork and hand use, but the tools are there. He shows good foot speed getting downfield on blocks and should be able to pull effectively.
Talamaivao plays with a high motor and does a nice job finishing his blocks. He flashes a nasty streak, and if Cristobal can get that out of him consistently, the potential is certainlt there.
Talamaivao’s cousin and teammate Austin Maloatan, a 6-3, 250-pound 3-star defensive end, is committed to USC. The Trojans reportedly offered Talamaivao early on, but appeared to have backed off of late.
He is Alabama’s eighth verbal commit for the 2014 class and the sixth 4-star recruit.
Viane Talamaivao: College Coach Says…
“On film, he’s a mauler, but he’s only 6-2 with short arms so he’s probably limited to playing center on the next level. He’s a good player, but honestly, I’m surprised that Alabama came all the way to California to get a kid with his measurables.”
Ratings Verdict: Slightly overrated (as a 4-star)
–Pac-12 Offensive Line Coach
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