Viane Talamaivao Commits to Alabama: Breaking Down Tide's New 4-Star OG Recruit
Viane Talamaivao of Corona, Calif. is a 4-star offensive guard with tremendous size and potential. Naturally, he has committed to Alabama.
Talamaivao is the No. 8 offensive guard in the country and he's the No. 11 player from the state of California, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Considering the depth of recruiting talent that hails from the state on a yearly basis, being ranked No. 11 is quite an impressive feat.
Andrew Bone of TideSports.com/Rivals.com confirms the commitment via Twitter:
I can officially confirm Viane Talamaivao's commitment to #Alabama. He just confirmed it to me.— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) May 30, 2013
Including the addition of Talamaivao, Alabama's 2014 class now features eight commitments. The marquee recruit is still 5-star athlete/running back Bo Scarbrough, without a doubt, but Talamaivao will be bringing a lot to the table for Nick Saban and his staff as well.
His size is noteworthy, especially considering that he's still yet to play his senior season of high school football. He's 6'3'', 310 pounds, which is elite for an offensive guard recruit. If he was any taller, he would project better as a tackle.
Saying that Talamaivao is an explosive guard would be an understatement. He's fast and quick for his size and he has top-notch strength. He gets out of his stance quickly, has a good first step and a great punch. He violently explodes his hands out at the defender, extends and is able to push back, often knocking them down in his high school tape.
At just 6'3'', he has a lower base and good balance, so he plays with leverage and solid pad level. He'll be able to get under a bigger defender at the college level, explode and drive back. Talamaivao will have his fair share of "screen blocks." This isn't talking about the football screen play, but rather a coaching term used when a lineman is able to take his defender and drive him right off the TV screen on film.
Talamaivao is that type of lineman, so he'll fit in perfectly at Alabama.
He's fast enough to chip off a double team and get to the second level to wall off linebackers or safeties, and he has quick feet and a good drop step in pass coverage.
He's impressive now, so one can only imagine how good he'll be in a few years with the coaching that he'll receive at the college level—especially if he remains committed to Alabama.
Note: All scouting and analysis done via tape study of film provided on Talamaivao's 247Sports profile page. Star ranking courtesy of the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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