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USC Trojans Nab Viane Talamaivao, Former Alabama Commit

Four-star offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao will join USC's offensive line.

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Viane Talamaivao

  • Offensive Guard
  • Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
  • Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 310

Once set to play for Nick Saban at Alabama, Centennial Corona star offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao signed with USC Wednesday morning. Talamaivao will join early enrollees Toa Lobendahn and Jordan Austin in the USC trenches as well as St. John Bosco's Damien Mama, who also committed to USC today.

Listed at 6'3", 310 pounds, Talamaivao played both guard and tackle in high school, but he is projected to play guard at the collegiate level. He has good size, but might be even more physically imposing after a year in the strength and conditioning program at USC.

After committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in May 2013, Talamaivao decided to stay closer to home during the fall and traded in the crimson and white for the cardinal and gold of USC.

Viane Talamaivao is a tenacious guy that plays through the whistle every snap. He is a guy that seems to delight in driving his opponent to the ground and often delivering an extra blow or two, which gets him flagged in a few of the plays in his highlight tape from 2013.

You love the intensity from an offensive linemen. The Trojans will just have to harness that fire. He joins Mama, Jordan Austin and Chris Brown on the suddenly stacked USC offensive line class.

The Centennial star is a unanimous four-star prospect. Talamaivao ranks as the No. 4 or No. 5 offensive guard prospect by each of the recruiting services and falls between No. 90 and No. 118 overall in the Class of 2014.

He has had some injury issues in the past, missing the final 10 games of his junior year with a fractured foot and part of his sophomore year with a shoulder injury.

Talamaivao was high school teammates with former USC commit Austin Malaota at Centennial, but Malaota will not be joining Talamaivao after decommitting and choosing instead to go to Oregon. Fellow Trojan signee John Plattenburg Jr. was also a teammate for two seasons before transferring back to Lamar HS in Houston, Tex. for his senior year.

One thing that Talamaivao does do a lot of is jersey grabbing, which could result in holding penalties against strong defensive linemen that are able to create arm separation.

Notice how many shirts Viane Talamaivao ruins in these individual linemen drills from various camps:

For more information on high school recruits potentially choosing USC, follow our National Signing Day coverage.