- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) is a fairly recent convert from basketball to football, and although he has quickly earned more than a dozen offers from some of the country's top programs, he is in no hurry to make a decision.
Falah said that while he struggled with the recruiting process early on, he has adapted to it over the past few months, and will now look to take his time with a final decision, likely waiting all the way until signing day. But Falah has jumped into the recruiting process, picking up offers from schools such as Boise State, Florida, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC. Last week, Falah visited the Los Angeles schools and came away impressed.
"They were both really fun for me," Falah said of the trips, adding that while he has known the UCLA coaches for a longer period of time, he was able to develop his relationship with the USC coaches on Saturday.
"They're really personal coaches," he said of the USC staff. "They want to care for you and make you a better person."
It was Falah's first time witnessing a USC practice, as the Trojans used the Coliseum to hold a Saturday scrimmage. Falah called it a "really good day," and said the thing that jumped out to him immediately was the intensity with which USC practices.
"You can tell why they're one of the best programs," he said. "It's all the hard work they put in."
Falah will be on the move again later this month, when he travels to California's junior day April 21. He said he will continue to gather information on every school recruiting him until he begins to narrow down his list this summer.
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