During the recent CaliFlorida Bowl game, no one saw their stock rise more in our eyes than Rolling Hills (Calif.) Peninsula athlete Erik Lorig. Lorig was playing a new position, defensive tackle, but was one of the most dominant players all week during practice and recently made our post-season Hot 100 squad.
Lorig, 6-5, 250 pounds was known more as a tight end prospect but after watching him dominate on the defensive line, we think he may have found a new position.
"I don't know, I really like tight end," Lorig said. "I really think I can play that position and I want the opportunity to run with the ball. We played in a run dominated offense at Peninsula so I never really got a chance to show what I can do at tight end. A lot of people though have been telling me I should look at playing on the defensive line lately so I don't know, we'll see."
Lorig had USC head coach Pete Carroll in the home on Monday and met with the Stanford coaches today.
"UCLA will be coming in on Saturday, Cal on Sunday and Stanford and Coach Walt Harris will be coming over on Monday," Lorig said. "After the Stanford visit Monday, I should be ready to make my decision a few days later. It's going to be tough, honestly, all four schools are all still very much in it. I couldn't pick a leader right now I really couldn't. Every one of the four has as good a chance as anyone.
"USC likes me as an H-Back, UCLA and Cal are recruiting strictly for tight end and Stanford just wants me as an athlete. They said I could play tight end but also like me as a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme and that would be cool too. I'm just going to get through these home visits and hopefully I'll have my decision by the middle of next week."