DT Lobos Still A Possibility

The defensive tackle from Venice, <b>Erick Lobos</b>, still favors the Pac-10 schools that have offered him, but the door isn't closed completely on the Bruins just yet...

Erick Lobos, 6-3, 280, Venice (Calif.) High, has had a quick surge up the recruiting charts this fall, which has taken him from being a sleeper to one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the nation. And with that has come a wave of recruiting interest.

"It's all pretty amazing," Lobos said. "Before this year, I just wanted to have a good season and see if some schools would talk to me, but now I have big schools that I am hearing from."

Two schools in the Northwest are leading the pack for Lobos, with some others in the general mix. Lobos said, "Washington State and Washington, those are my two leaders. UCLA is still talking to me, and I went to their games. But right now it's really the two schools in Washington," said Lobos.

Lobos has offers from both Washington schools, as well as from San Diego State, San Jose State, Arizona and Utah. Tulane, with former Venice quarterback J.P. Losman on their roster and a connection with Venice, has also offered.

Lobos already visited Washington State the weekend of their contest with Oregon State, and "had a great time." He will visit Washington in December, and is holding out hope in visiting UCLA, depending on whether he receives an offer from the Bruins.

He will take his trips before making his decision, as he doesn't expect to decide until Signing Day.

For now, his focus is on winning the City Section title. Last week, Venice, the City Section's top team, routed Granada Hills, 63-14. Lobos only played sparingly, thanks to a comfortable lead, and saw time on both the offensive and defensive line for the Gondoliers.

"I only played a little because we won so big. Our coach wanted other guys to get a chance. I played offensive line more than I played on the defensive line," said Lobos. "It's fun when you win that big in the playoffs."

Lobos will finish off the season with Venice and then join a load of current Venice teammates in the CaliFlorida Bowl.

He has qualified for NCAA standards.

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