USC Football Recruiting: What Is Back-Up Plan If Falah Goes to the Bruins?

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IJuly 5, 2012

Nico Falah (photo from
Nico Falah (photo from

As has been the case so many times in the 2013 recruiting season, the Trojans are "on the clock" for a premier prep football player.

This time the player in question is St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and 4-star offensive lineman Nico Falah.

Falah, who is expected to announce his choice between the Trojans and UCLA later this month, is considered to be the best in the west at his position.

While offensive linemen are not a focus for USC in 2013, they will be looking to secure at least one "big ugly" in this class and Falah would be its first choice if he is inclined to don the cardinal and gold next year.

But what if he (gasp!) should choose to rock the powder blue and gold of UCLA?

Who would the Trojans turn to next?

In a perfect world, that guy would be the consensus No. 1 tackle in the nation, Lake City (Fla.) Laremy Tunsil.

Tunsil has been in possession of a USC offer for more than two years, and while he is pondering a trip west to check out the Trojans, he is considered a long shot for an LOI signature.

So who else?

Denver Kirkland, an offensive guard from Miami, Fla., also has an offer, but like Tunsil, he too would be a surprise if he chose the men of Troy.

Two other linemen who hold USC offers, offensive tackle Christian Morris (Memphis, Tenn.) and guard Na'Ty Rogers (Pomfret, MD) are talented but very unlikely to come out West.

Same with offensive guard Ricky Klepal from Tampa, Fla.

And that's about it for offensive linemen who hold Trojan offers.

But there are guys out there who could help USC but have yet to receive that precious offer as of this writing.

Of particular note is Elkton (Md.) offensive guard and center Kahliel Rodgers.

Depending on who you read, Rodgers is considered either a 3- or 4-star prospect, according to the major recruiting services.

Regardless of the "stars" attached, what is known is that he already holds offers from some pretty major programs such as Auburn, Ohio State and West Virginia among many others.

Another thing we know is that Rodgers is teammates and good friends with future Trojans defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow and quarterback David Sills.

As such, rumors abound that Rodgers would jump at the chance to play for USC.

And at 6'3", 300 lbs, though that jump would be a small one, the Trojans aren't looking for leapers to play in the trenches.

If Rodgers isn't the guy though, USC still has a couple other intriguing possibilities in San Clemente (Calif.) guard Sean Harlow, who has deep Trojan bloodlines and Riley Sorenson, a tackle who was 2012 recruit Max Tuerk's teammate at Santa Margarita (Calif.) high school.

While all of these possibilities are interesting for USC, the one that the Trojans want most is the one that this article started out with.

Mr. Falah, the ball is in your court.