Nico Falah is mainly hearing from Pac-12 schools and that's a good thing since the 2013 offensive tackle from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco is leaning toward staying closer to home to play college football.
Utah State has offered the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect who said UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State and USC are showing early interest. More schools are expected to get involved once coaches see his junior highlight film.
Playing in the Pac-12 is a big deal for Falah, who said he'd like to be close enough so his family could come see him play.
"I just want to play in the Pac-12," Falah said. "I don't really care which school but playing in that conference is important.
"I'd like to stay close to home so I can stay closer to my family. I always wanted my family to watch my games live. I don't mind going out of California though."
Falah, who has been a dominant force on St. John Bosco's offensive line, was supposed to visit UCLA last month along with some teammates but he couldn't make the trip. Still, the Bruins have been showing more interest than some others.
"UCLA has been talking to me a lot," Falah said. "They've been sending me a lot of letters and inviting me to a lot of games."
The junior offensive lineman has been getting tutored on the recruiting process by three-star center and St. John Bosco teammate Beau Boyster, an Arizona commit who's taking visits.
Boyster has been a big help to Falah as the recruiting process picks up.
"Beau tells me what I should say and what I shouldn't say," Falah said. "He's been a big help through all of this."