Nico Falah could not make it to Cal's junior day this weekend but that doesn't diminish his interest in the Golden Bears.
"They invited me to go up and I wanted to go but I had no ride up there," Falah said.
But the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive tackle has quickly turned his focus to next weekend when he'll visit UCLA for its junior day.
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He's thoroughly excited about the trip because he's already developed a good relationship with assistant coach Adrian Klemm.
"I'm kind of excited," Falah said. "They are all really cool people and they want to get to know you so I'm excited to go up there next week.
"I've been mainly talking to coach Klemm. I've been talking to him for a while because he was contacting me when he was over at SMU. We have a real good bond.
"It means a lot that I've known him for a while. I want the coaches to care about me as a student and not just a player so I could be a better person."
So far, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect has offers from Arizona, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA and Utah State and some new schools have recently started to show interest as well.
Falah, rated No. 216 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com, said he's hearing much more from Northwestern, Mississippi State and Florida.
Even though a big trip to UCLA is coming up next weekend, the St. John Bosco standout said he's nowhere near ready to make his decision.
"I'm taking everything slow right now," Falah said. "I'm not looking to commit early."