Phoenix North Canyon High is off to a 2-0 start to its season and 2018 wide receiver Solomon Enis has been a catalyst for its success.
Enis, 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, had one of the state's best performances of the week in a a 47-19 win at Sierra Linda last Friday. Enis had six catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns, and an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
This is the best the team has looked early in a season in years according to people around the North Canyon program, and a lot of it is attributed to first-year coach Jose Lucero.
"We're playing good," Enis said. "Mainly we're just sticking to doing our job. Playing disciplined football, talking, communicating and relying on each other. So we're doing our jobs and it's working out."
A versatile jumbo athlete, Enis could play three or more positions in college. He's a big wide receiver who could remain at that position, develop into a receiving tight end, or play on defense as an outside linebacker or in the box safety.
Interestingly, Enis didn't initially prefer to to play any of those positions. That's because his father is former Penn State All-American running back Curtis Enis, who became a first-round NFL draft pick (No. 5 overall) in 1998.
"Probably at receiver (in college) but anywhere that helps the team I'm willing to play," the younger Enis said. "At first I was playing running back because my dad Curtis Enis is my inspiration. So I would start playing running back and then I got too tall, I grew, so I started playing receiver."
Though he has yet to receive a scholarship offer, Enis is one of the better looking high school juniors in the Phoenix-area and will command increasing attention as his early-season film starts making the rounds -- especially after his performance last week.
Enis already visited the Arizona State campus unofficially along with North Canyon five-star 2017 offensive line prospect Austin Jackson, the state's No. 1 ranked recruit.
"I've been talking with ASU a little bit, Ohio State, Washington, Texas A&M," Enis said. "Washington has been on me the most right now."
Enis is playing for North Canyon along with his brother Samson Enis, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver and defensive back. Samson Enis is only playing football for the first time this year, as his first love is basketball. Solomon Enis, meanwhile, has long been playing football and that will certainly continue well beyond high school.
Curtis Enis had to stop playing due to a serious knee issue while still very young at 24. So he's told his sons to soak up their experiences.
"He's just saying enjoy it, take your time, don't rush anything," Solomon Enis said. "Just enjoy the ride, play with your team, team goals, success, all of the above."