Tide hope to strike gold in California 

May, 31, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On last year’s national championship team, reserve offensive lineman Issac Luatua was the only player from California on Alabama’s roster. That number will double this fall with the addition of long snapper Cole Mazza (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty), but it could grow exponentially going into the 2014-2015 season.

Nick Saban and his staff have made the Golden State a priority with the 2014 class, and they reaped the benefits on Thursday with the commitment of ESPN 150 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial).

The 6-foot-2, 316-pound interior lineman chose Alabama over offers from the majority of the Pac-12 including local powers UCLA and USC. There’s a draw to playing in the SEC even for a kid who grew up on the West Coast.
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