It appears as if 4-star offensive tackle Nico Falah's commitment to the USC Trojans is in jeopardy.
Falah is a big-time tackle prospect from Saint John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Ca. He's 6'5'', 270 pounds and is ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the 2013 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
He's been committed to USC since July, but according to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com, his recent visit to Washington could change things for the Trojans:
Nico Falah remains committed to USC but in recent weeks Washington has made significant strides in his recruitment and this is one that could come down to the wire.
The four-star offensive tackle from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco said his official visit to Washington was outstanding and that he has some serious thinking to do in the coming weeks.
Falah then went on to explain his thought process on both programs, per Gorney's report:
"The biggest thing to me was whether I'm a want or I'm a need. At Washington I'm a need and that stood out to me the most. They could use me right away if I work hard in the weight room. I could play for them right away and that's what stands out to me the most."
It's important to note that Falah did also say that he loves USC, but he did admit to interest in Washington and said that he's going to "look more into it" (Gorney/Rivals).
What does all of this mean for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans, and what are the odds that we'll see a flip from the 4-star offensive tackle?
Frankly USC fans, it doesn't look to good for the Trojans. I'd place the odds of him flipping to Washington at "extremely high."
In no way does Falah sound like a recruit that has a firm commitment to USC. In fact, at least from his quotes, it sounds as if he's already halfway out the door. There's also the "need vs. want" factor to consider.
Washington would seriously benefit from receiving a commitment from a player of his caliber, and he'd be one of the Huskies' marquee recruits for 2013. He also appears sold on the opportunity to play right away at Washington.
Will Falah remain committed to USC?
At USC, while Falah would be an important commitment, he's nowhere near the marquee recruit in Kiffin's class. The Trojans have five 5-star recruits committed for 2013 and they may finish with more than that.
Falah would also be looking at a pretty packed depth chart (Rivals.com) at the tackle position.
The one thing the Trojans do have going for them is that Falah will be taking an official visit to USC in January (per Gourney's report), so that's going to be a very important moment in his recruiting process.
That said, I have to wonder if that visit will matter by then, or if it will even still be on.
Falah seems pretty sold on Washington, so don't be surprised if he flips before then.
The odds are extremely high that he'll flip.