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Sunday, November 4, 2012
USC loss motivates OL pledge Nico Falah

By Blair Angulo


USC’s deflating loss to Oregon at the Coliseum on Saturday did little to dissuade offensive line commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco).

In fact, the Trojans’ second consecutive defeat provided further motivation for the four-star prospect.

“Watching that, it has me thinking about next year,” the 6-foot-4, 267-pound Falah said. “Hopefully our offense will keep on rolling like that. It was a fun game to be at, probably the funnest game I’ve been to. It was packed with a lot of fans. There wasn’t much D, though, but we still had a good time despite the loss. It was a good experience for me.”

Falah, who committed to USC in July, had a rooting interest that extended beyond his admiration for the Trojans.

“Oregon is very good,” Falah said. “They’re the real deal. Those uniforms they wore were tight. Every game it seems Oregon rolls out the nice uniforms. Apparently they saved their best fit for USC. But I’m still a little bit mad that they didn’t let me take the official visit there, though.”

Falah said his commitment to USC remains solid. He plans to attend the remainder of the Trojans’ games this year, including the Nov. 17 road game against UCLA.

Once a coveted Bruins recruit, Falah said he is no longer being recruited by UCLA, which means he’d have to pay his way to get into the Rose Bowl. His father is a UCLA alum, and Falah said he probably wouldn’t make him wear cardinal and gold to the highly anticipated rivalry game.

Falah was joined at the Coliseum by St. John Bosco teammate Damien Mama, a Class of 2014 offensive lineman.

“It was a pretty good experience,” Mama said. “The atmosphere was great. It was a great game to attend. I was very impressed by Oregon’s offensive line. They executed well and got off the ball. But USC has always been my favorite team, so it was pretty cool cheering them on in such a big game. We went on the field and talked to [offensive line] coach [James] Cregg and coach [Kennedy] Polamalu. They told me pretty much the same thing they’ve been telling me all along. They want me to keep doing what I’m doing, focus on school and maybe they’ll recruit me hard.”

Mama, who said he has been in constant contact with UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, said he’d make it back to the Coliseum for USC’s game against Notre Dame.