First SEC Offer in for Talamaivao

Viane Talamaivao

It was a week of firsts for Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2014 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao, who picked up his first SEC offer and attended his first college football game on Saturday...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2014 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao has recently see a rise in his recruitment, picking up four offers, including his first from the SEC.

"I don't even know what to say. The Ole Miss offer honestly came out of nowhere. They called me up and I spoke to [recruiting coordinator] Maurice Harris. He called me up when I was at school, told me about the program and then at the end of the conversation, he offered. That same feeling set in, just wow. I'm so thankful right now; I just feel so blessed. I'm just happy.

"I'm familiar with the football program," he continued. "They are not a team I have kept tabs on every week, but I do know about Ole Miss and the success that they have had over there."

Talamaivao's first offer came over the summer from UCLA, and the 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect had the chance to watch the Bruins on Saturday in their 38-28 victory over USC.

"It was great. The experience at the game was just crazy. That was my first time at the Rose Bowl; it was my first college game I had ever been to. The atmosphere was just ridiculous and the rivalry was great," he said.

The lineman was impressed with how the Bruins' offense came to play.

"What stood out to me was how UCLA came out and just dominated the first half. Honestly, they really dominated the whole game. I think to me, that spoke volumes about UCLA as a team and how far they have come this year. Xavier Su'a-Filo, that guy is a beast. The whole offensive line unit for UCLA just really wowed yesterday. They are a solid unit up front. It was a great win for UCLA," he said.

Though many people predicted that the Trojans would nab the victory, Talamaivao wasn't surprised by the outcome.

"Coming in to this game, after watching UCLA this year, I honestly figured that UCLA was going to win the game, but I didn't think it was going to be like that. USC came back in the second half, but I felt that other than that, UCLA really controlled the whole game," he said.

What made the game even more special is the fact that it was the first time he had ever attended a college football game.

"It was more like a family trip [than a recruiting visit]. My mom and I walked around baffled and my dad was laughing, like 'you guys never been to a college game before?' and my mom and I were just staring blankly. We were laughing about how hostile it was, it was crazy," he said.

Aside from Ole Miss and UCLA, Talamaivao has also picked up offers from Washington and Colorado and is continuing to hear from a number of other programs.

"I've been hearing from Notre Dame and Michigan a lot. Michigan State, Nebraska, Florida, and Florida State have recently come into the picture," he said.

For now, however, Talamaivao's focus is still on the season, as the Centennial Huskies enter the third round of playoffs on Friday

"The season has been going great. Our team is doing well and we've gone far in playoffs, which is pretty awesome," he said.

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