- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was set to make a signing day announcement, but those plans have changed.
"I had been thinking about doing that for a while," Falah said of waiting until February. "But I'm going to make an earlier commitment, either during the season or before it. I don't want to drag schools through the process. It's not fair to them to make them wait and not be able to go after other guys."
Falah said moving up his timetable will be difficult, but he's confident that he'll be settled on his school of choice by that time. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle is one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the region, but he has settled on a final five schools. California, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and USC will battle it out for his services, with the hometown Bruins and Trojans out in front.
College coaches will not longer have an opportunity to see Falah this summer, as he wrapped up his camp circuit early and will focus on preparing for his senior season. Falah said the decision was made after a discussion with his coach, and the lineman is content to shift his attention back fully to his team.
"I've been going to a lot of camps and he doesn't want me to get hurt," Falah said. "I can understand that. Plus, it's being away from my team."
One camp Falah will attend is The Opening in early July. Falah received his invitation Monday afternoon and was caught by surprise.
"I didn't think it was coming," he said. "I've been wanting to get that for a while and I was working hard in training for it."
There is a chance Falah will use the camp as a chance to visit the Ducks as well, although nothing has been set up in that regard.