There is a two-way lineman from San Diego County who picked up his first offer. This player has the talent level to play on either side of the ball for the lucky team that gets his signature next February. He was selected first-team all-league, all-area, and second-team all-CIF.
The player in question is offensive lineman/defensive lineman Russell Tialavea (6-3, 265, 5.0) from Oceanside, Calif.
Tialavea is not only a talent on both side of the ball, he is a player who can where a lot of different hats.
“We moved Russell around on offense,” Oceanside head coach John Carroll said. “He has a lot of versatility. He can play guard or tackle on offense.
One thing that everyone agrees on when discussing Tialavea is his explosiveness and quickness.
“Russell is extremely quick for a big man,” Carroll said. “He has great hands and great feet and he knows how to use them.”
The one thing that no one can agree on is what side of the football Tialavea will play on the next level. Even the school that has tendered offer isn’t sure.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are the first team out of the box with an official offer according to Carroll.
“The Nebraska defensive line coach wants Tialavea for his side of the ball,” Carroll said. “While the offensive coach wants him to play offense.”
Besides Nebraska; UCLA, BYU, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Colorado are a sampling of the schools that are showing a lot of recruiting love for Tialavea.
Tialavea is currently being recruited about 25 schools. BYU might be the leader for his services.
As a devout Latter Day Saint, he will go on a mission and a school’s
understanding of this fact will be a major consideration in his decision process.