Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron celebrates with fans at the end of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Top recruit Viane Talamaivao switches from Alabama to USC


Offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao has switched his commitment from the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to the Southern Cal Trojans.

“I’d heard earlier today from him that he wanted to go to USC, but I didn’t pay any mind to him,” Viane’s father, Chris Talamaivao said, adding that he thought it was a joke (via Erik McKinney of ESPN.com). “A couple of minutes later, I got a phone call from him, but I knew he was supposed to be in class. He said he had a change of heart and that he wants to be home. It’s us. It’s the family thing. That’s the main reason why he decommitted from Alabama.”

The 6’2, 330 lb. Talamaivao attended USC’s huge win over the then fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Saturday.

Talamaivao attends Centennial High School in Corona, California.

According to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings, which combines the rankings of all the major recruiting sites, Talamaivao is viewed as a four-star recruit, the fourth-best offensive guard and 90th overall best player in the class of 2014.

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