Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice is emerging the power in the L.A. City Section this season of 2003. There could be eight D-I prospects that sign a LOI in February. One player who is really blowing up the opposition is defensive lineman/offensive lineman Erick Lobos (6-3, 273, 4.8).
Lobos has offers on the table from Washington and Arizona. “Even though Arizona is going through their troubles they’re still offering him,” Venice head coach Angelo Gasca said. “The Wildcats think that much of him.”
The word is Washington State will be at Venice high this week and they will tender an offer to Lobos.
Oregon State and UCLA are also showing Lobos a lot of attention and they could be offering in the very near future.
San Diego State is also showing a lot of interest.
“I think Erick would like to stay local,” Gasca said.
Gasca’s statement is good news for local schools because Lobos has been blowing it up this season. “I don’t have Erick’s stats but he has been unstoppable so far this season,” Gasca said. “He has been making a lot of plays.”
“I don’t think there is a better defensive lineman in the Los Angeles City Section,” Gasca said. “I think before it’s all said and done, the majority of the schools in the West will offer him.”
Lobos brings a lot to the table. He plays both ways as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman.
On the defensive side of the ball Lobos has the strength and size to play inside and the quickness and speed to play outside.
Lobos at one time or another has played Nose guard, defensive tackle, and defensive end.
Lobos and his Venice teammates currently stand 4-0 and have played a very tough schedule in the early going. Venice has upset SS CIF Division I power house Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola and City powers Carson and Granada Hills.
Lobos was selected second-team all-city and first-team all-league as a defensive lineman as a junior after he tallied up 117 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, ten quarterback knockdowns, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and even picked off one pass.