Since 2006, USC has had six tight ends drafted.
Since 2003, the Trojans have had another three undrafted free agent tight ends play in the NFL, a fourth on the practice squad in Xavier Grimble and a fifth, Gerald Washington, is now a professional heavyweight boxer.
It’s been arguably the most successful position at the professional level in recent seasons for the cardinal and gold.
Could four-star Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum tight end Josh Falo be the next to carry on that tradition and make a name for himself?
“SC is close to home,” Falo said. “It’s in LA and they send a lot of tight ends to the league, so that’s great.”
Falo has been talking to special teams coordinator and tight ends coach John Baxter. Baxter and the Trojans have been up to Sacramento to check in on Falo during the spring.
“It’s been great,” Falo said of the May evaluation period. “This process is lovely, so I’m trying to take advantage of it while I’ve got it. USC is pretty great. They’ve already been up there with me and they’re trying to get me a lot.”
According to the No. 7 tight end in the country, Baxter and the Trojans see him as a different breed of tight end than any of those currently on their roster.
“He just talked to me about how they were looking for a tight end, a tight end like me actually. How they have no one like me and they would like me, so that’s pretty great.
But the Trojans aren’t the only school after the 6-foot-5, 227-pound tight end, who is ranked No. 245 in the Scout 300. Michigan, Miami and Texas A&M are three schools from three vastly different parts of the country that are also hard after Falo. He has received a visit from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and he plans to visit College Station and Coral Gables this summer while a trip to Ann Arbor could also be possible.
“The distance for me doesn’t really matter.”
With the Wolverines, Falo is interested in learning more about their education and environment while getting to know Jim and Jay Harbaugh on a more personal level. At Texas A&M, he is interested in playing in the SEC and “just Texas football basically.” For Miami, it’s all about the establish tradition: “All I can say is that the U is the U. It speaks for itself.”