The nation's number seven tight end prospect took a trip to Germany because he is involved in a foreign exchange student program and returned home to an offer from the Trojans.
It was great to get the 'SC offer," said Lorig. "I was looking for that one for a long time. I was very surprised when I got back from Germany and saw it. It was a great welcome-home present to receive."
USC threw their hat into the ring with California, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Washington, LSU, Notre Dame, and San Diego State, while he says he has a verbal offer from Michigan. Lorig is currently favoring five of these schools that have offered. "I'd say my top ones are 'SC, Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Michigan. I really do not have a leader."
Lorig insists that his parents do not have a preference despite the fact that his father is a Cal alum and his mother attended UCLA. Erik also says that he did not favor any specific school growing up.
Lorig talked some about USC: "I have been around their staff more than a few times and those guys just know how to come out onto the field and get your motor running. When I went there for the skills camp they were awesome. They do everything full-blast. It is tough to beat a coaching staff like that."
Besides the skills camp and Stanford Nike Camp, Lorig did not have the opportunity to attend any other camps over the summer. "I was doing a lot of working out for football and playing a lot of basketball. Then I went to Germany for a few weeks and was actually supposed to be there longer but couldn't stay."
One thing he wishes he would have been able to do, and still plans on doing in the near future, is visit the UCLA campus. He said, "I haven't been able to get around to it. But I am definitely going to go there before or during the season. My Mom tells me a lot about it so I need to see it for myself."
Defensive line coach Don Johnson is recruiting him to Westwood.
So with mom a Bruin, dad a Bear, and the latest offer from the local powerhouse Trojans that he is obviously very excited about, will Erik be staying in-state for his schooling? "I need to take my visits to see what's out there. I will be setting them up soon."
Lorig carries a 3.8 core GPA and scored a 1030 on his SAT and a 25 on his ACT. He is undecided on a major.
The Panthers get their season underway against Palos Verdes High in early September.