Four-star offensive guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) has submitted his signed letter of intent to USC, and he is officially part of the Trojans’ 2014 class.
Though he only seriously considered two schools, the one-time Alabama commit quietly had one of the more intriguing storylines of the 2014 recruiting cycle.
The 6-3, 300-pound offensive guard committed to Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide in the spring of 2013 and officially visited the campus in November of 2013.
Strangely, just over 10 days after the visit, Talamaivao de-committed from the Crimson Tide and gave his verbal pledge to the Trojans. Talamaivao’s only other official visit was to USC during the Jan. 24 weekend, when the Trojans hosted several other recruits.
Like other commits in the class, Talamaivao didn’t waver from his commitment to the Trojans, which is key given he plays a position that is of need.
The Corona product hails from a family full of Trojan fans, which likely played a role in his decision to not only stay closer to home, but to play for his family’s team.
As a physical offensive guard, Talamaivao should develop nicely under the tutelage of offensive line coach Tim Drevno.
Rivals ranks Talamaivao as the No. 5 offensive guard and No. 9 player in California.