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Bellevue (Wash.) safety Eric Block (6-0, 190, 4.65) said he favors California slightly now over Washington State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford. Washington State is still his only offer.

Eric Block Profile

"I've been doing a lot of seven-on-seven with my team and practicing footwork by back pedaling and then breaking to catch the ball depending on whether the quarterback turns left or right," Block said.

"I like it down in California. The coaches at Cal have a similar style to my high school coaches. They require hard work and they're up front with you. My goal for college was always to go somewhere with strong academics, because you can't always count on football. Cal has the slight lead now because they said they would like to see me play a couple games next season to consider offering me. I think they will offer me.

"Washington State is only a five hour drive from home. I've met all the coaches. I have a lot of connections there. Last year a teammate, Keith Rosenberg, committed to Washington State," Block said.

"Notre Dame is the notorious, traditional football school with tons of history and they had a good team last year. I've had recent contact with the coaches. They had seen my tape and wanted my SAT score," Block said.

"Oregon is about the same distance away as Washington State, and they are both recruiting me the hardest. I like Oregon's facilities and I've been to watch their practices. I like the team's tempo—they're always doing something.

"Oregon State's football field and locker room are close together and well set-up, so that's convenient. I've talked to (special teams) coach Bruce Read the most, and we have a good connection," he said.

"Stanford I like because of the academics. A lot of successful people have come out of Stanford. Plus, the campus is nice because it's open and clean."

Block bench presses 250, squats 475 and vertically jumps 36".

He reports a 3.8 core GPA and 1610 SAT.

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