Lorig Has Different Perspective

The tight end/athlete from Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula, <b>Erik Lorig</b>, said he had a different take on his UCLA trip compared to the out-of-state visitors. He also talks about the factors in his decision...

UCLA has three commitments from tight ends already, all with the potential to play another position, and that hasn't stopped the Bruin staff from searching for another.

One of the nation's premier tight ends resides in Southern California. He's Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula's Erik Lorig (6-4, 245) who, like Adam Heater, Ryan Moya and Logan Paulsen, has the potential to play another position if tight end doesn't work out.

Lorig took the third official visit he has scheduled this weekend, to UCLA, and the Bruins made a strong impression on him.

"It was a great trip. I had a good time. I got to do a lot of stuff," said Lorig, who is the #8-ranked tight end in the country according to Scout.com. "I really enjoyed it. It's kind of funny, when guys from like New York or Texas visit the West Coast, they're all wide-eyed, so for me being from California, it was different. But you always learn something new from these trips. I've really made it a point to go on these trips looking for a little more insight on the schools I'm visiting."

Lorig was hosted by a pair of linemen on his trip, junior tackle Ed Blanton and junior center Mike McCloskey. "Both those guys are real cool," he said.

Lorig has already visited California and USC, and said he has no clear-cut leader. Stanford is also set to receive a trip in January. "I have no real dominant leader right now. It's all even at this point. I would like to make a decision as fast as I can. If time permits, I may also trip to Notre Dame. I've talked with the new head coach (Charlie Weis) and he wants me to come out and visit. Stanford's new coach (Walt Harris) called over the weekend, but I was out. The coach who is recruiting me at Stanford though is still on staff so that helps."

Lorig could also play defensive end in college, and said where he plays will be up to the staff at the school he chooses. "Wherever the schools needs are, I will play where they want me. I could do either tight end or defensive end. I just want to be able to contribute. If I go as a tight end, I'm looking at the way a school uses its tight end in the offense. That's important."

Lorig is an excellent student, with a 3.8 GPA and an 1130 on his SAT, and said academics are a major selling point for him. "The five schools I'm looking at all have excellent academic reputations. Football and academics are the highest priority for me when choosing a school."

Lorid was invited to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl in early January and is relishing the opportunity to strap on the pads and helmet for the final time as a prep. "I'm real excited about playing in that game. It should be a great experience."


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