The USC Trojans added another future offensive weapon when four-star tight end Josh Falo chose the Trojans over Oregon and Colorado on National Signing Day. Falo announced his commitment with a video produced by Bleacher Report that was released Wednesday:
In Falo, USC is getting a dynamic playmaker that create mismatches with the defense. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Falo is able to split out and run routes like a receiver while having the tenacity to stay in the box and block when necessary. The addition of Falo gives the Trojans two tight ends in this recruiting class, but the skill sets of Falo and Monte Vista's Erik Krommenhoek complement each other well. Krommenhoek is more of the traditional hand-on-the-ground tight end while Falo could begin lined up beside Krommenhoek, motion outside to the slot and take on a defender one on one in space.
USC got an early commitment from Krommenhoek, but Falo remained the Trojans' top target at the tight end position. They got him on campus in January for an official visit and surprised Falo.
"I loved it at USC, it was actually way better than I expected," Falo told Scout after his official visit on Jan. 13. "I camped with USC my sophomore year so this was my second time on campus. You really can't compare the two visits, I saw so much more of the school this time around and spent a lot more time with the players and the coaches.
The Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum product is rated as the No. 2 tight end in the state of California behind Stanford signee Colby Parkinson. Falo is the No. 7 tight end in the country and was ranked the No. 232 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300. As a senior, Falo had 21 receptions for 410 yards and eight touchdowns, but he showed his versatility by also completing two of his five pass attempts for touchdowns and collecting 39 tackles with three sacks on defense.
Falo is an athletic tight end prospect who can really run and makes plays down the field. He has very good body control, knows how to use his size to box out smaller defenders and has very soft hands. He's a smooth route runner and is able to line up in multiple spots on the field to take advantage of his obvious mismatch. He's strong enough to catch the ball in traffic and take a hit and is a willing blocker as well. -- Greg Biggins
Here are Josh Falo's senior season highlights:
Also, check out our quick glance at the 2017 USC Trojans recruiting class to see the latest updates on who has signed.
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