Saturday, February 23, 2013
RB Enwere shines at Houston SPARQ
By Sam Khan Jr.
SHENANDOAH, Texas -- It's a busy, but exciting time for Sugar Land (Texas) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere.
The 2014 prospect, who competed in the Houston edition of the Nike Football SPARQ Combine on Saturday at Woodforest Bank Stadium, is fielding offers from Division I schools, interest from some who haven't offered, running track and working on improving his game and his stock during the football offseason.
After his performance on Saturday, it's safe to say a few more people will become familiar with his name.
Enwere was the high scorer at the Houston event, turning in a SPARQ score of 120.51. That included a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, a 4.31-second shuttle and the day's top vertical jump of 41 inches.
Even with those marks, Enwere plans to continue to push for better ones.
"I felt like it went really good, but I know I can do a lot better," Enwere said. "I'm going to have to come back stronger and better and learn how to start better [in the 40-yard dash], because I'm not used to the laser. Once I get that thing down, my score should go up."
As for offers, Enwere has four at the moment: Colorado, Rice, SMU and Utah. He has attended a junior day at SMU and had an invite to TCU's junior day, which was Saturday, but he chose to compete in the SPARQ combine.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Enwere also is getting interest from several schools, including Houston, Kansas State, North Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.
Sugar Land (Texas) Ft. Bend Austin RB Vic Enwere had a big day at the Houston SPARQ Combine, posting a 120.51 SPARQ Rating.
"I'm just letting things come to me at the moment," Enwere said. "A lot of schools are coming. Sometimes it gets overwhelming but I'm just letting it come. I'll base my decision off of academics and athletics also. When it comes and I finally make that decision, I'll let it be known."
Enwere, who rushed for 1,208 yards and 16 touchdowns on 191 carries as a junior, helped Fort Bend Austin to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the Texas Class 5A state playoffs this year. He said he intends to narrow his list of potential destinations to five before his senior season.
"I want to narrow it down to five schools on Aug. 5," Enwere said. "Before the season I want to get it narrowed down so it's not as hectic and I can focus trying to go to state with my teammates."
His trip to SMU's junior day on Feb. 16 was good, he said.
"I liked it," Enwere said. "The campus is real nice. The coaches are real nice. Seeing everything, it's put together well. It's a good educational program, so I liked it."
He has developed good relationships with SMU running backs coach Wes Suan and Rice quarterbacks coach Larry Edmondson. He said he plans to go see a spring practice at Rice and would like to make trips to Colorado and Oregon as well.
Academics are important to Enwere, who plans to go into the medical field and wants to be involved in physical therapy.
"That's what I want to go into," Enwere said. "I've always strived to be up there and help society in a way. I have good grades and my parents instilled that in me so I made that decision, to want to be a physical therapist."
And in addition to hitting colleges and competing in track meets this spring, he also plans to continue to compete at Nike combines in hopes of getting an invite to The Opening.
"The next Nike camp [in Texas], I have that set in stone to go to," Enwere said. "I'm hoping my performance there can land me a spot at The Opening."