- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The USC Trojans extended their first offer to a California offensive lineman on Wednesday, as Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) earned the nod from Lane Kiffin and staff. It is Falah's 13th offer, as USC joins schools such as Florida, Notre Dame, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and UCLA.
Falah said his coach told him during school that the USC staff wanted to speak with him.
"Usually when coaches want me to call, I'm expecting that they're going to offer," said the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Falah. "But I didn't think USC would offer this early in the year."
Falah spoke with defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders first, then offensive line coach James Cregg, before ultimately speaking to and receiving the offer from Kiffin.
"They said they like the way I play," Falah said. "They like athletic tackles who are physical and strong."
Falah grew up a basketball player and is still getting into the football culture, so he doesn't have a childhood favorite when it comes to football programs. Still, he said he likes USC "a lot." At this point, Falah is comfortable in taking a slow approach to the process, and will look to narrow his list to a top five sometime during the summer.
He said the coaches made a point to remind him that he is the first in-state offensive lineman to receive an offer from the Trojans.
"It means a lot that I'm the only local offensive lineman to have an offer," Falah said. "That's a big deal for me."
Falah will be in attendance at this Sunday's Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp, and he hopes the good news and offers keep coming.
"I want to do really well there and try to get invited to The Opening," Falah said.
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