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Local battle for Falah

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Nico Falah has pretty much narrowed down his list to two programs - USC and UCLA - and the four-star offensive tackle plans to make his decision within weeks.
"It's pretty much those two and I'll probably decide next month," Falah said Saturday at the B2G Elite Camp.
USC has been considered a slight favorite for some time and Falah said he has developed a strong relationship with the Trojans' coaching staff. Even without the coaches in the equation, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound four-star said USC is an impressive place.
"I just like the program itself," Falah said. "If you take the coaching staff out of it I would still love to go to school there.
"The coaching staff, they're all good guys. Once you get to know them they're really great people. I've gotten close to them and I've found they're really good people."
Falah's familiarity with the UCLA coaching staff is a big selling point for the Bruins.
The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco standout said he gets along well with coach Jim Mora and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and that could be a major consideration in his upcoming choice.
"My relationship is great with them," Falah said.
"That's a big thing for them. When (Rick) Neuheisel was there I wasn't really high on them but I have a great relationship with coach Klemm and coach Mora. That's big for me."
Rated as the No. 12 offensive tackle, No. 119 in the 2013 class and No. 14 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, Falah said even after his commitment he'd still like to take all five official visits.
The four-star recruit plans to take trips to USC, UCLA and Oregon and then figure out his two others later on.
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