Bellevue's Block takes Northwest spring tour

BELLEVUE SAFETY Eric Block visited all the colleges on his top five list during spring break last month. "I went and checked them all out," Block said. "Not one school stood out. Each school has something good to offer," though Washington State remains a lean for him

Block (6-0, 190, 4.65) said he favors Washington State slightly over Oregon, Oregon State, California, Stanford and Washington. "Washington State runs a great program. They work hard and I like the coaches a lot," Block said. The Cougars are his only offer so far.

"The facilities at Oregon are just amazing. They have the best weight room and equipment," Block said. "The program has a lot of support.

"I like the coaches at Oregon State a lot," Block said. "They remind me of my high school coaches. I like the way they run the practices and the program.

"Cal was a fun place. I like Berkeley a lot. I really like Stanford too. They offer a great education and I really like the campus. I love the whole Stanford aura. Their coaches came by my high school earlier, but I haven't talked with them yet."

Block says he'd still like to commit early. "But I'm just going with the flow. I won't rush it."

He reports a 3.8 GPA and will take the SAT on June 3.

IN OTHER RECRUITING NEWS, Washington State this week offered a scholarship to Palmdale (Calif.) offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks (6-4, 310). He was one of the standouts at last weekend's Combine in Los Angeles. He has seven offers in all.

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