Cardinal Gibbons offensive tackle Erik Lenzen had a breakout junior season earning him his first Division-I football offer.
"They (ECU) were the first to offer me," the 6-foot-6 270 pound Lenzen said. "(Offensive Coordinator) Lincoln Riley is good friends with my offensive coordinator. He talked to my coach and he told him that I was good. Riley trusted him and told my coach to have me call him. I gave him a call and we talked football, at the end of it he gave me the offer."
Living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has limited Lenzen's exposure to ECU. However, he does have relatives who live in North Carolina.
"I've been to N.C. to visit my grandparents a couple times," he said. "Other than that, I've researched classes and know they run a similar fast paced hurry-up offense as my high school."
Lenzen plans on visiting campus sometime in the beginning or middle of August.
For an offensive lineman Lenzen has perfect length, but some coaches would like him to gain wright for the position. He's working hard to do that.
"I've been in the weight room trying to improve my strength," Lenzen said. "I have plenty of room to improve. We have a workout program we're doing this summer with the team and I can feel improvement already. I worked hard through spring workouts and the weight has increased as I build strength."
Playing college football has always been a dream for Lenzen, he grew up watching it. With multiple offers and other schools talking to him, that dream should become a reality.
"I have six total offers," he said. "UMass, South Alabama, Toledo, Ohio, Florida International, Bowling Green and ECU have all extended offers. I've been talking to UCF, USF and FAU as well."
When asked about staying in-state versus going out-of-state for school Lenzen showed no preference.
As the summer progresses Lenzen will be traveling to some of the schools that have extended him offers.
"I plan on going up to check out UMass sometime soon," he said. "I'm also going to take a couple unofficial visits to South Alabama and maybe USF. I haven't finalized my official visits yet."
ECU is the top school for Lenzen right now and the Pirates have a good chance of getting him. If his visit goes well, it could help build his interest even more in the school and the program.
As far as when he'll commit to a school, Lenzen doesn't plan on waiting until the last minute.
"I want to commit sometime in early August or in September," he said. "I'm not going to wait until signing day; it'll be nice to get the weight off of my shoulders."