At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds with a junior season that resulted in places on the All-Academic, All-CIF, and All-State teams in the books, it is easy to see why so many programs are interested in snagging this potential big time left tackle recruit. So what makes Erik tougher than most?
"I work harder than anyone else. I have good footwork from playing basketball and I'm real aggressive and physical with my opponents. I am further along as a pass blocker than I am in blocking in the run game, though. Opposing coaches have said they notice my athleticism and speed despite being my size."
The Duke coaching staff has certainly noticed and is in the process of making in-roads with Magnuson as best they can.
"I have talked to the assistants a little bit here and there, but I haven't been to Duke yet and do not know about the school in that sense. I like what they are saying a lot and I'm aware of their great academic reputation and the tradition of the program."
So what is it that Duke is saying to him in these early stages?
"They think I could make a big impact as a freshman and, of course, their academics are really encouraging to me."
"In general I'm looking for a big time program, but also somewhere I could start at least three years. I need to be comfortable living there and it needs to be somewhere my family is comfortable seeing me play and visiting."
To that end Magnuson has already taken a few visits and has eyes on more as the year moves along.
"This year I took unificial visits to Oregon, Boise State, UCLA, and SDSU. I really want to visit school farther away like Michigan and Ohio State and Oklahoma."