The UCLA football recruiting class is ranked No. 22 according to Scout. The UCLA coaching staff has done a very good job of hitting the recruiting trail hard and it seems to be paying off.
Of course, the next big target for UCLA is OT Nico Falah out of Bellflower, CA. We’ve already discussed Falah here because we’re on top of shit. But what’s important is that tomorrow, July 11, will be the day that Falah announces his decision.
And UCLA fans are a little nervous about this recruit. Deservedly so, since we know the kid’s an absolute stud of an offensive lineman. He’s not ranked the second-best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout for nothing.
There are rumors and speculation that Falah was a “silent commit” — whatever the hell that means — to rival Southern Cal, and though it’s a strong possibility that he ends up heading to South L.A., the fact that his pedigree is filled with UCLA Bruin Blue and Gold is overwhelming. Add the fact that Falah will get more playing time right off the bat for UCLA — the long-term outlook for UCLA’s O-line is a little shallow — and the recruiting pitch sells itself. Plus, UCLA is a much better school (duh).
From an unbiased perspective, though, Falah’s commitment to either Southern Cal or UCLA is 50/50. While UCLA has the aforementioned advantages, we can’t lie to ourselves and say U$C hasn’t been the better football school the past ten years, and we can’t convince ourselves that $UC doesn’t have a rich tradition in football, crime records and infamy be damned.
Still, there’s a ton of reason to think UCLA is the place Falah wants to go. If not, then let’s wait until January, just like we did this past January when Jim Mora came in and led his recruiting staff to intercepting supposed commits before signing day.
We’ll find out July 11, won’t we?