Bruins Look at Louisiana Lineman

He is <b>Eric Block</b>, a 6-3, 280-pounder from the same high school, New Orleans Jesuit, as UCLA running back <b>Chris Markey</b>...

Since Eric Bieniemy came to UCLA, the Bruins have had a solid recruiting presence in Louisiana.

They have inked five players alone in two recruiting classes since he arrived, and have a few more they are recruiting this year.

One of those is New Orleans (La.) Jesuit offensive lineman Eric Block (6-3, 280), who caught the eye of Bieniemy when the Bruins were recruiting Jesuit alum Chris Markey a year ago.

"Chris is a real good friend of mine. When you block for a guy like him, you establish a relationship with him," Block said. "He is talking with the coaches about me. Getting to block for him last year helped us get some exposure."

Block has seven offers to date, from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, and the three service academies.

But he said two bigger schools are looking at him. "Auburn said they are full of offensive linemen, but if they lose one of their commits, I'm the next guy on their board. When they come out for the Sugar Bowl, I'm going to check out a practice. UCLA, Coach Bieniemy and Coach DeLoach have been by campus and said they like my film and would let me know. Ole Miss was recruiting me, but since they fired Coach Cutcliffe, so I don't know what's going on there," said Block.

For now, Block has only set up one official trip, to Army in January. The other four will be decided when he sees his final options.

As a teammate of Markey in high school, Block said he was not surprised by the success Markey is having in college. "We have some good football in this state, and not everyone can go to LSU or an SEC school. So Chris goes out to UCLA and even though they have Maurice Drew, he plays well there. We're kind of underrated here."

An excellent student, Block has a 3.61 GPA and a 29 ACT.

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