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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Oregon 'in it' for USC pledge Nico Falah

By Blair Angulo

Four-star offensive lineman Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) remained committed to USC following his official visit to Oregon over the weekend, but the Ducks certainly worked their way back into the picture.

Nico Falah
He remains committed to USC, but after a visit to Oregon, Nico Falah says the Ducks are "back in it."
Not even a disheartening overtime loss to Stanford could spoil the trip for Falah, who said Oregon is an option moving forward if anything drastic happens with the Trojans.

"I'm still committed to USC, but Oregon is back in it," Falah said as he awaited to board his flight back home. "It was a good game. Despite the loss, coach Chip Kelly and his staff were really positive in the locker room. I liked that. ... The atmosphere there was electric. Even sitting in the stands, I could feel it. It was awesome."

The 6-foot-4 Falah toured the Oregon campus and was particularly impressed with the training facilities.

"Man, they were really nice," he said.

Falah, who participated in The Opening at Nike headquarters this past summer, said he tried on Oregon's jersey in the locker room.

"It looked good on me," Falah joked.

A frequent visitor to the Coliseum this season, Falah found out about USC's 38-28 loss to crosstown rival UCLA as soon as he landed in Eugene. His father attended UCLA and Falah strongly considered the Bruins before committing to the Trojans in July.

"I was really disappointed," he said. "But, no, I wasn't surprised. I know the UCLA coaching staff, and they're really good. They're the real deal."

Falah intends to take an official visit to Cal in the offseason, but it's been weeks since he's heard from the Golden Bears. He has his official visit to USC set for the weekend of Jan. 18.

Falah's high school team is still alive in the playoffs. Bosco beat Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame on Friday night to advance to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinals, where it will meet surprising Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, which upset No. 2-seeded Mission Viejo (Calif.) and former USC commit Max Redfield. Bosco and Poly will face off Friday night at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

On Saturday, Falah will be at the Coliseum for the regular-season finale against top-ranked Notre Dame.