One of the top all around players out West next year will be Rolling Hills Estate's (Calif.) Peninsula athlete Erik Lorig . Lorig, 6-4, 245 pounds had a standout season on both sides of the ball last season and boast three early scholarship offers at this time.
Lorig played both tight end and linebacker last year but projects more as a tight end. He has a big frame and it wouldn't surprise us if he received looks as a defensive end for college as well. As a pass catcher last year, Lorig didn't receive a lot of opportunities as he played in a system that runs the ball almost 75% of the time and boasted a 2,000 yard rusher last season.
Lorig still managed to catch 19 balls for 207 yards and scored three touchdowns. He added over 100 tackles on defense and earned League Player of the Year, first team all-area and first team all-state Underclass honors.
Lorig attended USC's Junior Day last weekend and said he had a very good time and already knows head coach Pete Carroll pretty well.
"Coach Carroll's son Nate plays for us here so I've talked to him a lot in the past and he has come to a lot of our games," Lorig said. "He's a great coach and such an easy guy to get along with. He and his staff really seem to get the most out of their players and I love the intensity of the staff and how hard they work in practice."
On the recruiting front, Lorig has received written offers from Cal, Arizona and Washington and has a verbal offer from LSU.
"If I had to name a top five, it would be Cal, USC, Washington, UCLA and Virginia," Lorig said. "I have no problem leaving home to play in college. I'm just looking for a school that has a strong football program to go along with very strong academics."
Here's how Lorig broke down his top five:
Cal- "Academically they're very strong and I have friends on the team there already. Plus they're a team on the rise.
USC- "It's close to home, they're National Champions and have good academics.
Washington- "They have a strong academic reputation and I like the environment there."
UCLA- "They're strong academically, I think the team is improving and my mom went there."
Virginia- "Combines good academics and football and play in a great conference."
Academically, Lorig is carrying a 4.0 GPA and will take the SAT later in the year. He plans to attend the Nike Camp at Stanford in May and would also like to visit Notre Dame unofficially over Spring break.