Block took advantage of Mardi Gras break

Most high school kids in Louisiana look forward to Mardi Gras because it is one of the biggest party times in the Bayou State. <br><br> That, however, was not the case with New Orleans-Jesuit offensive tackle Eric Block.

The Mardi Gras holidays gave a Block an opportunity to make some unofficial visits to the schools he is interested in and he took full advantage of it.


"He went to Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M," said Jesuit head coach Vic Eumont. "He also went to LSU's Junior Day and he is going to Tulane's Junior Day this weekend."


Block is not your typical offensive tackle at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds but in Jesuit's run-oriented offense that produced one of the nation's leading rushers in 2003 he is perfect for that position.


The things that he brings to the table are exceptional strength and good speed and quickness for a lineman. He bench presses 315 pounds four times and he runs a 5.1 forty-yard-dash making him a great guard or center prospect for the next level.


"He's not just a big fat tackle," Eumont told Tiger Rag. "We pull our tackles a lot in our offense and he is a guy who could play a lot of places. He continues to get better and you could see how he improved by the end of the year."


Block also wrestles for Jesuit and throws the discus and shot put as well. He will take the ACT in April and he has a 3.5 grade point average.

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