When San Diego (Calif.) Madison two-way lineman Jojo Falo visited USC for the Elite Trojan Invite last month, he couldn’t take the smile off his face.
“It was a dream come true,” Falo said of the visit.
“Ever since I was young looking at USC -- all the players, all the history of the school. I just really like the school. All the education they were talking about and how everything goes and the school works.”
Falo visited with his cousin and teammate Sampson Niu and both came away impressed with everything the school had to offer. Having both grown up Trojan fans and good buddies, they hope to continue playing beside one another at the next level with USC being the dream destination.
“Growing up with him, we're always going to stick together and always be there for each other,” Falo said. “That would just be a blessing to play together at the college level.”
The 6-foot-2, 271-pound Falo is listed by Scout as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the state of California and 10th best in the West. However, he spent his time at USC with the offensive line staff.
“Coach [Neil] Callaway and Coach [Mike] Goff were really cool. They were telling me all this stuff about how it works and how they always work hard and strive to be the best. It's not just handed to you and you have to work for it.”
Falo is currently a bit undersized, but makes up for that by being tenacious and relentless. He said he focuses on giving “110 percent until the whistle blows every play” and “always finishing.”
His attitude and work ethic have got Falo noticed by a handful of high-major schools, including the Pac-12’s Arizona, Cal, Washington and USC along with SEC West fast riser Ole Miss. Though his offer sheet is a bit tepid currently with scholarship opportunities at Columbia, South Dakota and UNLV, Falo has been talking with a number of schools that are interested in having him take unofficial visits prior to his senior season. He also is planning to camp at Arizona, UCLA and USC where he hopes to earn offers by showing his abilities in person.
Falo said any decision that he ultimately comes to will not be made by him, but by his family as a collective.
“We just have to all talk about it and then we'll make a final judgment. That's how it goes down and whatever offer I have, we'll talk about it and really see if that's the right choice and where I feels at home.”
Falo is hoping USC is one of the schools he has to choose from.
“I'm definitely interested. It's one of the top schools in the nation in education and of course on the football field.”
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