Erik Lorig Still Lingering

Before we turn our attention completely to the hot prospects of the 2006 class, there remains one blue chip recruit in the senior class who is undecided today, two days after Signing Day. <b>Erik Lorig</b> has ostensibly been considering five schools, but we have been hearing for several days that the field is as small as two or three...

Two days after Letter-of-Intent Day, Rolling Hills (Calif.) tight end Erik Lorig (6-4, 245, 4.8, Scout.com's #8 TE, 4 stars) remains undecided between Cal (11/20 official trip), USC (12/10), Stanford (1/7), UCLA (12/17) and Notre Dame (1/28).

"He hasn't been in school since Monday," says his mother, Karen, a UCLA grad. "He's taking this real seriously and it'll be his decision. He's very analytical and he's been very open to all these schools. I'm not surprised he has had trouble deciding what to do here.

"We've been wishfully thinking that he's very close to deciding. He took some time off today (2/4) after speaking with his coach and just went to the beach. He's basically been by himself, talking with his family and coach--and he's got his dog (Haakan).

"I honestly have no preference about where he goes," continued Karen. "His father (Fred) went to Cal and he isn't pushing Erik in any direction either. We've always wanted this to be Erik's decision, and only his. We've been really careful about this. We know he has to be his own person and anyone who knows him will tell you that he marches to his own drummer.

"We've all developed these strong relationships with these schools and their coaches. It's going to be very hard to say good-bye to these coaches--they have all been so great. Cal has been an ongoing standard of excellence…and also you've got USC of course. It's probably more realistic to think that he will stay on the west coast. He is pretty attached to things in the west.

"He's very close to deciding. Cal is one of the final schools. I dare not say the other one because of the schools involved. There are two schools that are the most in flux. But there is Cal…and another one that is most in the picture.

"These schools seem to want him most as a tight end but he can also play defense, and he showed that in the Cal-Fla game. He likes playing on either side of the ball.

"I just don't know if he'll decide today," was one of the last things Karen said. "He just hopes it all goes well and that he doesn't regret anything, you know." With choices like these, how could he?


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