Rolling Hills (Calif.) Peninsula athlete Erik Lorig is easily one of the most versatile players in the West region and could play on either side of the ball in college. He took his first official trip to Cal a few weeks ago and has three more set up as well.
Lorig, 6-4, 250 pounds is the region’s top tight end prospect but could also play on the defensive line in college, which is where we really like him. We had a chance to watch Lorig earlier in the year and we’re very impressed. He’s a high motor guy with a great body and could be an impact guy at tight end or anywhere on the defensive line. He has the size and frame to bulk up in to a defensive tackle and athletically, he has been compared to USC tackle Shawn Cody at the same stage.
Lorig tripped to Cal three weeks ago and according to Karen Lorig, Erik’s mother, it was a great visit.
“Oh my gosh, it was fantastic,” Karen said. “It was an incredible time and we all really liked it there. We loved all the coaches and also liked meeting the chancellor and the new athletic director. They told us how committed they are to the football program and would do whatever it takes to keep coach Tedford happy.
“I just heard earlier today that Tedford got his extension and is not going anywhere and that’s great. My husband went to Cal and Erik knows a lot of people there. We’re all pretty upset that Cal will not be playing in the Rose Bowl. That’s just wrong and I can’t believe that happened but they still had a great season.”
Lorig will next visit USC this weekend (Dec. 10), UCLA (Dec. 17) and Stanford (Jan. 7).
“Notre Dame is also still in it,” Karen said. “ We’re just waiting to see who they hire. A Notre Dame assistant coach was actually at Peninsula talking with Tony (Auruburu, Peninsula head coach) when his cell phone rang telling him that Coach Willingham was just let go. We haven’t really hard from them since. Coach Tipton at Stanford was in here for a home visit last week so that’s why the Stanford visit is set. We know they’ll have a coach by then and we all went down there for junior day and really liked it back in the summer.”