Lorig Says Four Stand Out

<b>Erik Lorig</b>, the #8-ranked tight end in the country from Palos Verdes Peninsula, has four favorite schools, all from the Pac-10 and all from California...

Tight end Erik Lorig (6-4, 245, 4.8, ranked by Scout.com as the nation's 8th best tight end) from Rolling Hills Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.), has a handful of in-state schools as his favorites.

Lorig now denies a leader, but favors USC (recruiting as an H-back), California (TE), UCLA (TE) and Stanford (big ATH), over Notre Dame (TE/DE). All have offered.

"I'll probably be making my decision in late December or early Januar," Lorig said. "I won't wait until Signing Day like some kids. I just need to get an overall feeling from a school. All my favorites are good programs with solid educations and they are all heading in the right direction. Distance isn't a factor for me, so I think it'll come down to the little things."

He already has an official visit set up to Cal for the rivalry game versus Stanford on Nov 20. "I'll be rooting for Cal because of the circumstance. But usually I try to be neutral."

He already attended USC games against Cal and Colorado St, UCLA versus San Diego St, Cal versus UCLA and Stanford versus USC. "The atmosphere at the Coliseum is intense. It's how college football is supposed to be.

"But they are all pretty good. The Stanford/USC game was really close so the crowd got into it. The Cal/UCLA game wasn't that close so the crowd wasn't too into it. But I was at Cal last year when they beat USC and that was amazing. The atmosphere at all these schools is great.

"I haven't seen a game at Notre Dame yet, but I've been on the campus before. It was cool getting to see in person everything I saw from the movie, Rudy. Being in the presence of that tradition and history is great. I just loved being in the aura of that program. I think any college football fan can relate to the feeling of Notre Dame football.v In eight games for his senior season, Lorig has 13 receptions for 300+ yards and four touchdowns. He's also playing linebacker on defense.

He has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1130 on the SAT .

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