Trojan Tight End Josh Falo tends to be overlooked when people discuss USC football's offensive prospects for 2022. He's had injury issues in his time at USC, and therefore hasn't had his chance to flash the talent that he showed so consistently at Inderkum High School up in Sacramento.
His promise there led to him being rated as a four-star recruit coming into his playing career at USC (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports). He wasn't just some ordinary four-star recruit, however. He was ranked as the No. 143 overall player in America, and the No. 4 Tight End in the 2017 class.
It's why when he made a gorgeous, Sports Center Top 10-caliber highlight in fall camp, many likely began to think hard about what Falo could bring to this offense as one of the oldest players on the team. One of the oldest players on the team who has the potential he put on display as a recruit. They always say that "you can't lose talent." Falo proved that to be VERY true on Friday:
Josh Falo hasn't caught a pass for USC football since 2019.
Therefore, to see Josh Falo do what he did in camp really does mean the world to this USC football squad. Perhaps Falo's fortunes will change now that he has a real coach in town. And sure, many of his issues were durability-related, but he certainly is healthy now. Nobody can make that catch if they're hurt...
Falo's best season in a Trojans uniform was 2018--where he grabbed a career-high 10 catches and totaled a career-high 158 receiving yards. Interestingly, that was the year he played the most games that he has in his career. Perhaps all he needs to do to have a strong impact is to just stay healthy. As long as he can do that; he'll have a shot.
He has the best play caller and schemer in football with Lincoln Riley running the show. There's no way Riley was watching that play and didn't salivate over the potential he has in Falo and the opportunity he has to work with him and develop him. The ability is still there, so as long as he gets the availability down, he'll have a legit shot to impress.