USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Get Huge Verbal from 4-Star Offensive Guard

Rick McMahanSenior Writer INovember 19, 2013

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The good times are continuing for USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron and his Trojans.

Just a few days removed from its 20-17 upset over then-No.5 Stanford, USC has received a verbal commitment from 4-star offensive guard Viane Talamaivao, according to Scout's Lindsey Thiry.

Talamaivao is a huge "get" for several reasons, not the least of which is that he is a very talented player at an area of need for USC.

At 6'3", 285 pounds, Talamaivao is an extremely nimble, yet powerful, guard who doesn't just block people—he destroys them.

Excellent at blocking in both the running and passing games, Talamaivao also has the quickness to pull and get out in front of his running back when on the edge.

But that is not the only reason that fans of the program should be excited.

First off, it is not often that a recruit flips from mighty Alabama to USC, especially recently.

With Trojan football firmly entrenched in the doldrums for the last couple of years, recruits have looked elsewhere while USC has attempted to sort out its program following the firing of Lane Kiffin.

Now with Ed Orgeron in control, USC appears to be on the rise and the recruits are taking notice.

That notion was reinforced when more than a dozen recruits took in the Stanford game and experienced the fervor after USC won and thousands of fans rushed the field.

Now, USC gets the flip from Talamaivao and more may be on the way. 5-star offensive tackle Damien Mama was also in attendance for the Stanford game and is very close with Talamaivao.

Could Mama be next?

Whether USC gets Mama—or any other recruit for that matter—as a result of Talamaivao coming aboard remains to be seen, but either way, the verbal commitment from big Viane is huge for the Trojans.

And it just may be only the beginning.