Erik Lorig Recruiting Update

Peninsula's Erik Lorig had a big showing at the USC skills camp back in April and a Trojan offer came his way shortly thereafter. WeAreSC caught up with the super talented tight end/defensive end prospect and he gives us the latest on his recruitment.

At 6'4 and 250 pounds, Lorig has the size to go along with an aggressive style of play that has made him one of the state's top prospects. Primarily being recruited as a tight end and defensive end, Lorig actually plays inside linebacker for Peninsula and last season he racked up 123 tackles at the spot. Also a standout tight end, he plays in a run oriented offense where he's earned a reputation as a dominating blocker, "For tight end, I think my blocking ability and my catching ability are equal and I'm pretty good at both," he said. "It's a pretty good balance, especially for tight end."

With his frame and obvious abilities, colleges have come from far and wide, and Lorig has 16 offers as proof. "Of course, it's been exciting," he said. "You get a little piece of each college and what they have to offer. I haven't done much traveling or anything. I've just kind of taken what coaches have talked about, looked at the campuses online and things like that. I'd say I've got a top 7 or so. It's SC, Michigan, Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona, and Stanford. I don't know about leaders yet." All of Lorig's favorites have offered.

In looking at the different colleges, Lorig has some specific things he's looking for, "Of course, football, but besides that, it doesn't have to be the championship team," he said. "I'd definitely jump into a rebuilding team that I could tell was building up to become a contender. And besides that, I'm looking at the education and the environment of the school." Also of interest is the fact that both of Lorig's parents are graduates of two of the schools in his top 7, but as he explains, that won't play a role, "My dad went to Cal and my mom went to UCLA but there isn't any pressure on either side."

Head coach Pete Carroll and tight ends coach Brennan Carroll have been the primary coaches who have kept in contact with Lorig from USC, and it was the elder Carroll who extended an offer his way, "I talked to Coach Carroll probably sometime back in May or June and he told me to give him a call, and I gave him a call and he gave me the offer then," he said.

What has Lorig looking at USC? "You know, the school, the connections there, the football coaches, they're just a tight group," he said. "And they obviously get the best out of players. I was at the USC skills camp back in April. I knew what the coaches were about and how they coached already, and it's just great. They push you really hard. I already knew about that before I went. Going there just showed me again."

"They're recruiting me at three positions. I've mostly heard defensive end, tight end, and fullback. I don't have a preference yet. I love them both, defensive end and tight end. I haven't played fullback."

Lorig made unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Michigan in the spring, and he also took part in the Stanford Nike Camp back in May. But as far the rest of the summer goes, it doesn't look like he'll be going anywhere else, "I was going to the Beyond 2000 camp, but I don't think I could do it anymore because I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled. I thought it was last weekend, but I heard something about it getting postponed, so I don't know." he said.

With no timetable set on when he expects to reach a decision, Lorig has yet to schedule any official visits, but he does know of one that he wants to take, "I know for sure that I'll take an official to Cal," he said.


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