Bellevue's Block solidly favors WSU

TWO DAYS AFTER GUIDING Bellevue High to a berth in the Class 3A state title game, quarterback/safety Eric Block had an in-home visit with Washington State head coach Bill Doba and assistant coach Timm Rosenbach. Block liked what he heard about the Cougars' work ethic and defensive schemes and subsequently said the Cougars are the solid leader for his services.

"I like their philosophy about football and their work ethic," said Eric Block, who stars on both side of the ball but projects as a college safety. "They didn't seem phony or fake at all (during the in-home visit). I also like the defense they run. They are recruiting me as a safety and they said they are losing one safety and a couple of corners, so they'll be needing help on defense..."

A two-star prospect who checks in at 6-1 and 190 pounds and has been clocked in the 40 at 4.65 seconds, Block and his Bellevue High Wolverines will be playing in the state 3A championship this Friday against Kennedy -- a ground-oriented team led by two-day league lineman of the year Kevin Freitag, who has verbally committed to WSU.

Block comes into the game having picked off three passes this season. On offense, he has nine touchdowns rushing and seven passing.

He said he favors Washington State solidly over Washington, Oregon State and Stanford. He'll be visiting Pullman on December 9.

Although Washington State is Block's only offer so far, he says that both Washington and Oregon State have been showing him considerable attention recently. "I've been in contact with them a lot," Block said. "They've asked me for some game tape to evaluate. Hopefully, I'll be able to set up an official visit with them.

"I'd like to get it all done pretty quickly, but I want to see what happens over the next three to four weeks."

He reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 1610 SAT--no retake planned!

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