Oregon Quarterback On UCLA's List

One of the top two-way athletes on the West Coast is quarterback <b>Erik Ainge</b> from Oregon. Along with being one of the top quarterbacks in the region, Ainge is also a talented basketball player and would still like to play both sports in college...

Erik Ainge, 6-5, 195 pounds from Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe, has one of the strongest arms of any quarterback we saw this past summer. He lit up the NorCal Nike Camp where he put his name on the map as one of the top signal callers in the region.

"The Nike Camp was great," Ainge said. "I received great instruction from the coaches, they helped me a lot. Plus it was a chance to meet other top quarterbacks in the area as well as be seen by so many college coaches that were there."

As a junior, Ainge earned All-Metro honors in both football and basketball and plans to play both sports in college.

"I was recovering from stress fractures in my feet all summer and didn't get to play with the two all-star teams I'm on," Ainge said. "I missed all the big summer tourneys when the college coaches can watch. I want to hold off on making my decision until the basketball season comes around just to see who shows me interest. I'm leaning towards signing for football right now but I feel I at least owe it to myself to go out and have a strong basketball year to see what comes up.

"Right now, I have written offers in football from Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon State and verbal offers from Oregon and Michigan State. I've also been hearing a lot from Colorado, Stanford, UCLA and California. My top five in no order are Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State but I still need to look more into UCLA, Cal, Michigan State, USC and Colorado. I'm looking for a school that has my major, Communications and Business, is a solid program with a great chance to win, throws a lot and a place where I'm comfortable I'll be able to come in and get playing time."

Academically, Ainge is carrying a 3.95 GPA and scored a 1000 on the SAT which he plans to take again.


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