CA TE Erik Lorig has U-M in Top Two

Tight end <b>Erik Lorig</b> from Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills, Calif. has been receiving attention from some of the big California schools since his sophomore year. He is now getting noticed by top programs across the country and Michigan is on the list. GoBlueWolverine Magazine first witnessed Lorig's talent at the recent Stanford Nike Camp. Monday evening he talked about how things are going with his recruitment.

"I've been getting a lot of attention from Cal, USC, Virginia, UCLA, Northwestern, a lot of Ivy Leagues, andArizona," Erik Lorig said. "But the most I've seen has been from Cal, they've been recruiting me the hardest since my sophomore year. I don't have an offer from Michigan yet."

The 6 foot 4, 250 pound tight end reports offers from Cal, UCLA, Northwestern, Oregon, San Diego State, Duke, Washington, and Notre Dame and right now lists Cal, Michigan, and USC as the top three, with Stanford, UCLA and Notre Dame competing for the final two spots in the top five. "Cal will definitely get a visit," he said. "So will Michigan if an offer comes through. I'm not sure what other schools I'll visit."

Lorig has been to Michigan already this year. "During my spring break we went back to Junior Day at Notre Dame and I wanted to go to Michigan so we went up there," he said. "We were given a great tour by one of the staff. I really liked the campus and when I walked into the football offices I thought it was like a shrine to football."

Michigan returned the favor at the start of the spring evaluation period. "Michigan came early, coach English came about a month and a half ago, right at the beginning," he said. "He told my coach they'd get back to me in a week about an offer but they haven't yet."

Lorig said he had a good time at the Stanford Nike Camp. "I enjoyed competing with the Northern California kids," he said. "I wanted to show that I was quick and could run routes. I ran a 4.8 40 and really wanted to get to 4.7, but I'm still working on it." He said he won't be attending any school camps but will likely go to the Beyond 2000 Camp June 24-27. "My coach wants the top players to stay close to home this summer and work with the team," he said.

He said about half the schools are recruiting him for tight end and the other half for either defensive end or outside linebacker. "I've heard nose guard and defensive line," he said. At which spot is Michigan looking to place him? "When I was back at Michigan for the visit I talked with Terry Malone the whole time about playing tight end," he said.

Lorig has liked the Wolverines for a long time. "I've always watched the football team and they've always had high accolades," he said. "They have that big stadium and I read a lot about Coach Carr and think he's a great coach."

Lorig has strong connections to Berkeley; his father is a Cal alumnus. "He was there in the 60s and tells a funny story about when the football team protested something by not playing," he said. "But I like Cal because the academics are high and that's important. Coach Tedford totally turned the program around. My brother's best friend is up there now, Craig Stevens, and he plays tight end. That's how they found me. I've been up there a lot and I really like the campus and the staff. I want to major in business and economics. Berkeley's Haas Business is one of the top five business schools in the country." Lorig reports a 3.79 grade point average and a score of 1030 on the SAT.

There is also a USC connection. "Pete Carroll's son actually goes to my school," Lorig said. "He lives five minutes from me." The Trojans were also in early for the talented player. "They started recruiting me my sophomore going into my junior summer," he said.

Lorig said he is looking forward to this football season and will make a decision sometime after the season., when he's finished all his official visits.

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