College Football Recruiting: Nico Falah Chooses His Side In The Battle For Los Angeles
The rivalry between cross-town USC and UCLA is an extremely fiery one that stretches across every facet of their universities. They compete on the field in the Pac 12 South, they compete for attention in the city of Los Angeles, and most importantly, they often square off over the same home-grown recruits. While USC has been a national recruiting machine, everyone knows that to be truly successful, you need to get the best recruits in your own back yard. The latest prep recruit caught in the middle of these two rivals is four-star offensive linemen Nico Falah out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California. In the Battle for Los Angeles, the battle lines have been clearly drawn and Falah has chosen his side as a Trojan.
Falah made the announcement official on Wednesday in a ceremony at the football room in his high school. He had narrowed it down to either USC or UCLA, offering only that he would be “staying close to home,” as a hint before he made his official decision. Falah is the only offensive lineman in the state of California who got an offer from USC, and was one of the recruits who participated in The Opening, Nike‘s elite prep camp for top high school football players. He graciously narrowed a long list of suitors early on in order to let the schools he wasn’t interested in pursue other prospects, but has said that his recruitment likely wouldn’t be over even with a commitment, which leaves a sliver of hope for Bruins fans.
The offensive lineman joins an impressive USC class that includes fourteen four-star or better commitments, and solidifies USC’s dominance once again in their on-going recruiting battle with UCLA. In addition to Falah, the Trojans have secured commitments from five-star safety Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), four-star cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and four-star receivers Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica). Falah also joins fellow four-star offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers from back east in Elkton, Maryland, to form the entirety of USC’s offensive line recruiting efforts for the 2013 class.
Falah will join an offensive line that is routinely sending talent on to the NFL. Most recently, Matt Kalil was selected as the top offensive lineman in the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings with the fourth overall pick. If he can live up to his potential, he’ll likely find himself in the same position in four or five years. For now, though, Falah will don the cardinal and gold of USC and sing “Fight on for ol’ S.C” in the Coliseum, marking another win for Lane Kiffin in the perpetual Battle for Los Angeles.