BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As if there ever needs to be any validation that an Alabama offensive line commit is a top prospect, Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial) has done just that with his performance at The Opening.
The No. 7-ranked guard in the nation has been outstanding in one-on-one drills and held his own against the top defensive linemen in the country. He was being watched all day on Monday by the coaches and specifically by former NFL lineman, LeCharles Bentley, who was coaching Talamaivao throughout the day.
"Viane is the player right now that intrigues me at a very high level because of his ability," Bentley said. "Tremendous feet, strength, understands, feisty, tough, strong, smart. He has great flexibility, and he's everything you want as a football player."
That's high praise from Bentley, who currently trains professional offensive linemen at his performance center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bentley has been out to plenty of NFTCs, camps, he's a regular at The Opening and has trained a fair share of high school linemen, as well.
With that being said, Bentley does believe there still are some questions with Talamaivao. He currently plays in a different style offense than he will at Alabama, so that could be an adjustment for the 6-foot-2, 316-pound lineman.
"He plays in an offense where the splits are about four to five feet wide. In terms of angles at the next level, a program like Alabama, you're playing in a pro-style offense," he said. "Now you're looking at a two-foot split, and all of the sudden the angles are different. Is he going to be able to adapt to that? I don't know how that will translate to the next level, but can he play? Absolutely."
The ESPN 300 commit has turned heads the first few days of competition and will look to do his best in the lineman challenge on Tuesday.
Despite having only a short time period to coach him in person, Bentley has seen film on Talamaivao and believes the four-star product has a chance to be a special player early on in his career.
"In terms of pure ability, Viane and Isaac Sameulo at Oregon State. Those two guys in terms of pure offensive line player, they're the purest offensive linemen I've ever seen," Bentley said. "Isaac was the type of player that was able to take that innate ability to understand the position, appreciate the craft and really master it. He then applied it and started as a true freshman."