In recruiting, we always say there are two parts to making a commitment. The first is deciding on the college and the second is telling the school you’re coming. For Oceanside (Calif.) two way lineman Russell Tialavea, the first part is out of the way and part two could happen in the next week.
Tialavea, 6-foot-33, 260 pounds, is a dominant player on both sides of the line. He said everyone recruiting him has said he could play defensive tackle or offensive guard in college but he prefers defense and feels that’s his best position.
“Defense is a lot more fun for me,” Tialavea said. “ I like attacking rather than having to block someone. I’m an aggressive player so I think defense just fits my mentality more than offense.”
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Tialavea made September trips to Nebraska and BYU and is also considering Kansas State, UCLA and San Diego State.
“I’m going to BYU,” Tialavea said. “I knew it on my visit. I just had an incredible time and it felt like home there. I have a ton of family that live in Utah and my LDS faith is very important to me. I took my visit the weekend they played USC and the game atmosphere was incredible. The crowd was so in to it and I thought overall, the team played pretty well.
“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and a lot of the players on the team. Me and Vic So’oto were talking about committing the whole time but we both decided we wanted to wait until later in the year. He said he wants to take a few more trips first but for me, I had seen enough. There really is no need for me to wait any more so I’ll probably call up the coaches at BYU either this week or next week and get this over with. The process was fun for me but it feels good to have it almost over and know where I’m going. I’m excited to be a Cougar."