Monday, June 17, 2013
Three-star Texas RB chooses Cal
By Damon Sayles
Three-star running back Vic Enwere (Sugar Land, Texas/Austin) has been a name to watch all spring. At 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, he offers the combination of power and speed in the backfield.
Those talents will be taken westward. Enwere announced via his Twitter account (@A1_Pericoo) Monday evening that he has verbally committed to California. He became the Golden Bears sixth overall commitment and second from the greater Houston area for the 2014 class.
Enwere, who confirmed the commitment in an interview, had more than 25 offers to choose from. He chose Cal over a final list that included Michigan State, Missouri, Colorado, SMU and Virginia.
“It feels good, very relieving to get that out the way before my senior year,” Enwere said. “I’m happy with the decision I made.”
Enwere was recruited to Cal by both running backs coach Pierre Ingram and special teams coordinator/receivers coach Mark Tommerdahl. A healthy combination of Cal being a Pac-12 stalwart athletically and academically made Enwere’s decision somewhat easy.
“Besides the fact that they’re the Cal Bears, the educational aspect really attracted me a lot,” said Enwere, who holds a 3.6 grade-point average. “The fact that I’ll play early also had a lot to do with it. A lot of coaches say you’ll have a chance to play early; they said that I will play early. It’s an amazing opportunity out there.
“I feel like I won’t be sacrificing a whole lot. At some schools, the education is great, but the football is subpar, or the football is great, but the education isn’t where I want it to be. Here, I get everything I want and need, whether I’m playing ball or not.”
Enwere said he wants to pursue a degree in either physical therapy, sports medicine or engineering. On the field, Enwere is expecting to be as dominant as he was this past football season. As a junior, Enwere rushed for 1,208 yards and 16 touchdowns and averaged better than six yards per carry.
Enwere further helped his stock with an impressive showing at the Nike SPARQ Football Combine in Houston. He scored a 120.51 at the event, running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, recording a 41-inch vertical jump and throwing the power ball 38 feet.
Enwere said he saw positives in all of the schools that made his final cut, but Ingram and Tommerdahl were big in his decision. It was, actually, what they didn’t do that won him over.
“They never, not once, pressured me into making a decision or tried to sell their school by knocking others around them,” Enwere said. “They talked about what the school could do for me. That meant a lot to me in the way they went about recruiting me. They did a perfect job, and I applaud them for how they did it.”
Enwere joins area defensive end Isadore Outing (Houston/Dekaney), who committed on May 29, as Cal commits from Texas.