Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vic Enwere Visit Schedule Grows Clearer

Position: Running Back
Ht/Wt: 6'1" / 210 lbs.
Location: Fort Bend Austin High School - Sugar Land, Texas
Class: 2014
Offers: California, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Texas State, Utah, Virginia, Wake Forest
Film: Hudl

With the end of the 2014 class drawing ever closer, Michigan is still looking to fill a few holes in their recruiting class.  Seven members of the '14 class are already on campus and attending class as early enrollees, but there are also nine more commits waiting to join the members of Team 135 after graduating from high school.  The coaching staff is looking to bump that number of commits up to 10 or 11 with a crucial month of January about to unfold.  The three main targets left on their board are running backs Vic Enwere and Jeff Jones (both offered) along with in-state strong-side defensive end Malik McDowell.

This month will be very important for Enwere in his decision making process as he takes his first visit out to Cal, the school which he committed to back on June 17, 2013.  Although he has not made a trip out to California to check out Cal as of yet, Enwere has built a connection to the Golden Bears in other ways.  Enwere recently played in the Blue-Grey All Star game with fellow 2014 Cal commit quarterback Luke Rubenzer and was able to connect with his future teammate in that context.  Enwere mentioned that he developed some chemistry with Rubenzer on the field during prior conversations.  This was apparent as Enwere had two 40+ yard touchdowns in the game.

As time progresses and National Signing Day nears, Enwere's visit situation is becoming a bit more clear.  "I think it's probably going to still boil down to the Cal visit," said Enwere.  "I don't think I'm going anywhere else.  If so and I do decide to take a trip go anywhere else, it would be on the 31st if another school were to come into play."  In terms of which schools may receive an official from Enwere, he mentioned Boise State and TCU has two possible locations.

With the Wolverines' pursuit of Enwere in full force in the time leading up to Enwere's December 13 official visit to Ann Arbor, Vic has built a good relationship with a few members of the coaching staff.  This group includes former Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges.  I spoke with Enwere about this development and what it means for Michigan moving forward.  "I heard about that," said Enwere.  "They now have another piece of a the puzzle arrive and  I would have to work with that coach.  With Borges being gone, there's another relationship to build again in that aspect, so it makes things harder.  It hurts just from a familiarity stand point."

Since Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier operates a balanced offense and has shown success running the football in the past, Michigan has a different potential package to offer Enwere- one that looks more promising from an strategic stand point to say the least.  "I've heard about the Alabama guy coming in and being the Michigan OC," said Enwere.  "Not really change anything.  All respect to Alabama and what they achieve, but I'm not a hype guy or too concerned with the accolades I have from an individual standpoint.  That's why I'm not drawn to the Alabama staff."

It sounds like Enwere is not further drawn to Michigan just because their new offensive coordinator carries the Alabama seal of approval.  Vic will still approach this stand point from a judicious perspective and will focus on evaluating Cal on January 24.  If this visit is unsatisfactory, look for Enwere to take an additional visit to either Boise State or TCU on January 31.  It sounds like Michigan is trailing Cal in this recruitment and may even be running in third place depending on how a potential January 31 official visit goes.  As of right now, I remain skeptical that Michigan will close their 2014 class with Enwere.

The M Block evaluated Enwere last month after his official visit to Michigan took place and Vic graded out as a low 4-star prospect.  He has a lot of upside and is a very physical and productive runner hailing from the tough state of Texas.  His martial arts background has helped to prepare him up to this point, and Vic has remained on a strenuous schedule that helps prepare him for college.  Here is an excerpt from Enwere's breakdown:
"One of the main reasons that the staff has decided to increase their pursuit of Enwere is because of the versatility that he could bring to the Wolverines backfield.  It is clear that Enwere is a strong, powerful runner who appears to get downfield not only in a hurry, but with ease.  His long stride length helps to break long runs, bringing Enwere to the front of the pack and keeping him there.  While he is not a massive tailback at 6'1" and 210 lbs., he is very lean and is a strong athlete with a great center of gravity and core strength.  Enwere theorizes that his extensive martial arts career helped to create his superb balance and finds a link between martial arts training and his hip fluidity.

When Enwere is not receiving hand-offs out of the bacfield or direct snaps in the wildcat formation, Vic is also a likely target in the passing game for Fort Bend Austin.  Enwere slips out of the backfield on screen plays multiple times and shows good patience in following his blocks downfiield.  It is also at this time where Enwere's quick change of direction and vision is showcased.  Vic consistently cuts in and out of the way of defenders, extending many runs that were at one time nearly garbage downs."

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