BELLFLOWER, Calif. -- Four-star offensive tackle Nico Falah pulled out a USC hat, put it on and showed off his patented smile Wednesday night, committing to the Trojans over the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins during a ceremony at St. John Bosco High School.
"I knew about a month ago," Falah said. "I felt good there, felt comfortable. The legacy at left tackle at USC is big. I want to be there."
It capped a successful day for Trojans offensive line coach James Cregg, who landed Falah and four-star guard Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) in a matter of hours. Rodgers and Falah became the 12th and 13th members, and only offensive linemen, in USC's stacked 2013 class.
The commitment from Southern California's top-rated lineman continued USC's dominant stretch in recruiting, which clearly hasn't been hindered by the NCAA mandated scholarship limitations. Falah, the state's only offensive lineman with an offer from USC, initially hoped to announce his decision on signing day, but that became unrealistic when he realized he wanted to stay close to home. His decision became easier once the Trojans offered him a scholarship and the 6-foot-4, 267-pound athlete narrowed down his choice to the locals, trimming a long list of offers that included the likes Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Last year Falah spearheaded a St. John Bosco offensive line that helped the team to an average of over 400 yards of offense per game.
Here is a portion of the scouting reporting from Falah's ESPN evaluation:
“This is a very effective downfield blocker with the physical tools and athletic ability to make all the run blocks at the next level. His long arms and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; can set quickly with good bend; has the ability to slide and play flat footed while demonstrating the athleticism needed to handle movement and get out of trouble. We see the need to polish all areas of hand use. This guy is a tough customer who flashes a mean streak when finishing blocks.”