The 6-foot, 220-pound Erickson, who said mid-major programs in the Mountain West and Ivy League have shown interest in him, said he was stunned that he was invited to the prestigious camp that recognizes some of the best talent in different regions.
“It’s a great opportunity. I didn’t think I would be able to do it [get invited to The Opening]. But I’m out here ready to perform and compete,” Christian Erickson said.
Erickson didn’t come home with an Opening Finals invite, but wowed the spectators with his speed and lateral movement.
His overall skill set and two-year dominance at running back has gotten college coaches in California to travel on Highway 101 and interact with Erickson. San Diego State, San Jose State, Fresno State and Cal Poly have visited Paso, Erickson said. He adds that Cornell is the lone non-California university to show interest in him.
Two of the aforementioned schools that stick out to Erickson are Fresno State and San Jose State.
Regarding the Bulldogs, Erickson said “They [the Bulldog coaches] said they’re changing their offense to be more of a downhill running scheme, and I fit well in that offense.”
On SJSU, Erickson already has this link with the Spartans: former teammates Bailey Gaither and Josh Oliver are suiting up for them.
“I have connections there,” Erickson said. “Plus they (SJSU) had a running back go to the NFL recently, so going there would be a great opportunity.”
Erickson currently has 3,134 career rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in the Paso crimson and white. The way he rumbles down the field has gotten people in his community to compare him to two renowned bruisers on the field: John Riggins and Toby Gerhart.
“I hear the comparisons a lot, but I just do me,” Erickson said. “I’m working on getting faster and elusive. I want to be more of a hybrid back, not just someone with power. I want to juke someone out.”
He’ll no doubt get the rock again this upcoming season, as the Bearcats have traditionally lined up in Power-I and off tackle formations to wear teams down.
“We’re going to beat you going downhill. We’re not going to try to do anything special. We’re going to out-work you,” Erickson said.