Block: Good WSU visit, Stanford on tap

TWO-TIME STATE CHAMPION Eric Block out of Bellevue High is known to prep football enthusiasts as a quarterback, but his future at the next level is in the defensive secondary. The 6-1, 190-pound safety prospect -- just named first-team All-State for the second straight year -- was at Washington State over the weekend and appears to have his college decision down to two.

Washington State and Stanford are Block's two offers, and they are the two schools showing the significant interest.

Block is familiar with Washington State, his father Scott a former walk-on for the Cougs. But while it wasn't his first time in Pullman, it made a strong impression nonetheless. Cougar receiver and former Bellevue teammate Keith Rosenberg served as his player host.

"I think it went really well, I liked it a lot up there," said Block. "It was really good to meet all the players, and I liked all the players and coaches."

Block sat down with coach Bill Doba on Sunday and the discussion included where they go from here.

"We just talked and I let him know I was interested but I was going to take my next visit," said Block.

THAT TRIP is scheduled for Jan. 12 to Stanford, although it was scheduled before Walt Harris was dismissed. Harris called Block the following day and "he said he thought the offer was still intact" so Block is operating under the understanding he'll trip as scheduled. He has not heard from anyone at Stanford since Dec. 5.

Both Washington State and Stanford have been by for in-homes since the contact period began about three weeks ago, with Block saying none looked to be scheduled for this week.

The only other school that has been in contact has been Washington, although Block said it's been minimal.

"I'm hearing a little bit from UW, they've contacted me a little bit," he said. "They sent me a text message (Monday), it was basically just checking in and seeing how my weekend (visit to WSU) was."

BLOCK RALLIED BELLEVUE from a 14-0 hole against Kennedy and future Cougar Kevin Freitag in the title game, winning it in overtime on Block's 23-yard scamper. It was Block's second state title in three years as a starter.

Defensively, Block logged 50 tackles his senior season with three interceptions.

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