Line wins games.
I've written a lot of posts with that comment. We all know how crucial a strong and healthy OL is to offensive success (see Stanford). Unfortunately, the Bruins have had plenty of bad luck on both counts recently. Looking ahead to this fall, I am hoping that luck can turn around. We have 3 potentially great lineman, and the front 5 as a whole has the chance to be really good. However, we're pretty thin behind that. So that's why I've been keeping an eye on potential OL recruits.
There was an interesting article online today at CBSSports.com by Bryan Fischer looking at Nico Falah, a 4-star OT from St John Bosco in Bellflower. Though Nico has almost 20 offers, he has narrowed his final 2 schools down to U.C.L.A., and the other place across town. Falah says he has already made his decision, and he plans to announce his choice next Wednesday evening after practice.
There is certainly tons of opportunity for Falah with the Bruins. U.C.L.A. certainly offers Falah a better chance to establish himself as a leader on the OL from the outset, and to get more playing time early in his career. Beyond that, Falah cites the coaching staff as the big draw to Westwood.
"At UCLA, the thing that is keeping them in it is the coaching staff. Coach (Adrian) Klemm and coach (Jim) Mora have been good to me and friends with me. Whenever I go there I enjoy myself."
Once again, the recruiting prowess of Coach Klemm and Coach Mora are opening doors and keeping them open right down to the wire. Fortunately, they have a little extra help at home in this case, too.
One factor in favor of the Bruins is that Falah's dad went to school in Westwood and grew up raising his son as a UCLA fan. While the recruiting process has meant that all options are open, the father is still whispering in the son's ears about how great it would be if he wears the blue and gold.
"He's been like that a little bit," the offensive tackle said with a small chuckle. "But I'm the one making the decision, not him."
Honestly, reading through the article makes it sound like we are a bit of a long shot at this point, but this is one worth watching next Wednesday when he makes his decision. If we miss on Falah, our staff will need to focus on the other top OL recruits to get our unit up to the strength and depth needed for ongoing success.