Lorig Takes Last Visit, Down to Four

Coming into this past weekend, <b>Erik Lorig</b> was looking at two final official visits. The 6'4" 250-pound beast from Rolling Hills (Calif.) is back from his highly anticipated Stanford trip, and talks in-depth about his time on The Farm. He also reveals that he will not be taking that fifth official visit...

Erik Lorig, 6-4, 250, Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula, has narrowed his choices down to four schools and is done with his visits.

But he's pretty adamant that all four of the schools he's still considering are running neck-and-neck.

Lorig, who is the #8-ranked tight end in the nation, according to Scout.com, just visited Stanford officially this last weekend.

"It was a great trip," Lorig said. "It was more than I even expected. I didn't know about their coaching staff, what was going to happen there. But I learned that they have everything intact, except for one or two coaches."

He said, too, that the transition to a new coaching staff at Stanford isn't that big of a factor for him. "It wasn't as if the old coaching staff getting fired came as a surprise. I think most of the recruits were expecting it. I never really had a relationship with the past coach anyway. And (Head) Coach (Walt) Harris was very impressive. I looked into it before I went there, everything he's done, his track record. There are coaching staffs that are recruiting me that I've known longer, and I'm probably stronger with them. But this is a fresh start to Stanford football. I could definitely see them over the next four or five years really coming up."

Lori has already officially visited UCLA, USC and California. He had an official visit to Notre Dame planned for next weekend, but it looks like it's not going to happen. "I haven't talked to their coaches for a while. I don't think it would be a decision I would make, to go to Notre Dame. So, I think I'm done with my trips. It's those four, UCLA, USC, Cal and Stanford."

Knowing Lorig wouldn't let on even if he had a favorite, we asked him if he had a favorite official visit among the four, but he was very diplomatic. "Every trip was mostly the same, and only different in a very small sense. It consists of the same thing, you eat, you meet everyone, and you learn about their academics. I enjoyed each one and had a great time going through it. I was fortunate enough to be able to do it, and I really soaked up everything and looked at it as a great opportunity."

Trying still to get Lorig to tip his hand, we asked him what stood out about each of the schools:

On USC – "Well, it's pretty obvious right now. They just won the national championship. The coaches have been recruiting me a long time, since the beginning. They've seen a lot of me, and know what they want to do with me, as part of their whole program. Pete Carroll will be there a lot longer, I think in talking to him. I don't think he's going anywhere for a long time. The coaches called me about an hour after they won the championship. I had just finished watching it on TV, so that was impressive to get a call from them like that."

On UCLA – "It's a program I think that's on the rise. My mom went there and I think it's a great place. It's important to me what kind of guys you'd be playing with and I think UCLA has a really good recruiting class. I've gotten a chance to know a lot of the guys who are going to be going there, like Gavin Ketchum, Aaron Ware, Aleksey Lanis, Ryan Moya and Adam Heater. They're guys I feel really comfortable around. Good team chemistry is important. And getting Ben Olson is big. I've talked to him, and with him going there I think UCLA will be a force."

On Cal (his father's alma mater) – "I like Berkeley a lot. Just not the school, but the area. It's different than Southern California. It'd be going away to school for me, which I like. USC is right near my house. The program is strong, and I don't think Coach (Jeff) Tedford is going anywhere for at least a few years. They also don't have too many tight ends, so there'd be a good opportunity there at tight end."

On Stanford – "It's the best academically, which means a lot. I just got my Stanford application in the day it was due. When I was there the application evaluator hadn't read it yet. So I don't even know if I'm in school. They had told me before that I'd be okay with the academics I had (he has a 3.8 GPA and scored an 1180 on the SAT). They said, though, that they couldn't guarantee anything, but they were really going to try to get me into school there."

Lorig said that early playing time isn't that big of a concern, but that getting a shot at tight end is something that is. "I definitely want a shot at tight end," he said. "If I get moved after that, that's fine. If it's something that happens after I go to the school I have no problem with it. So, I really don't have a problem being moved. I've gotten looks at d-end. Stanford even said they'd be interested in seeing me at linebacker. Early playing time isn't really that big of a factor. I'll think about it, but it's probably one of the lowest on my list of factors in my decision-making."

As he said, going away to college is attractive to him, too. "When I went to the CaliFlorida game I loved it. I would have stayed away as long as I could. There were other guys who were homesick and I wasn't. I wouldn't say I prefer going away, but wherever I go, put it this way, I'm going to be there and not go home too much. I have a great family but I just want to get out on my own."

So, with all the visits out of the way, Lorig said he's on track to make a decision fairly soon: "It's a dead week this week, so not talking to coaches I'm going to take that time to think about everything. And I have to catch up on some school work since it's been pretty hectic the last few weeks. I have finals coming up. Then the week after this one I'll have a few more (in-home) visits. Right now I have them set up with Dorrell, Tedford, Harris and I haven't talked to Carroll yet. Then I'll make my decision after that. So probably in a couple of weeks."


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