It turns out that Vic Enwere didn't need that trip, after all.
Late last month, the three-star running back out of Sugar Land (Tex.) Stephen F. Austin told BearTerritory that his first recruiting trip would come in the month of June, and it would be to Berkeley.
"It should be big," Enwere said at the time, "really big."
It turns out, he didn't even need a trip out to California to secure his commitment to Pierre Ingram and the Golden Bears, becoming the second running back of the 2014 Cal recruiting class.
"Looking at a lot of stuff, I could really see where I wanted to be, and where I want to end up. I'm going to be taking a visit out there soon," Enwere said on Monday morning, before he made his decision public. "When I came down to it and I realized where I wanted to go, I mean, why wait, if you're sure? I realized that this is where I wanted to be."
The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder rushed for 1,331 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, along with seven catches for 122 yards, and picked the Bears from among a top seven that included Michigan State, Missouri, Kansas State, Virginia, Colorado and SMU.
"Mizzou came close, SMU came close, Michigan State, Virginia and Colorado all came close. What really set Cal above all was that yes, their programs and their schools, they're all good programs, but education-wise, Cal iwas on its own," Enwere said. "Academics really set Cal apart, a lot, because they do have a great educational aspect, and they do play in a big conference, with a lot of TV time. I feel like I wouldn't have to sacrifice anything; I wouldn't have to sacrifice a good education or I wouldn't have to sacrifice a good football team, for the other. They had it all on the table."
Enwere told our Jeremy Clark that the two factors he was to use in order to select a program were the depth chart and how the team utilizes its running backs. With only three scholarship running backs set to see action next season in Khalfani Muhammad, Brendan Bigelow and Daniel Lasco, the chance for Enwere to slot right in as a true freshman are quite high, especially since he compliments the speed of the other backs on the roster with a great deal of power and strength.
What about the Bears made him so sure that he could make his choice so early?
"A lot, a lot," Enwere said. "From my position coach to the head coach to the educational aspect and being able to play early – they're going to entrust me, as a freshman, to carry the ball. That's saying a lot, when the coach believes in you. A lot of the other coaches weren't necessarily believing in me that much, but [Cal] did."
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