On Jan. 11, California running back commit Vic Enwere -- who had been drawing heavy courting from the likes of Michigan and Missouri – announced via his twitter that he was shutting down his recruitment.
"At this time I have decided to end my recruiting process and dispel all rumors or questions on where I will sign," he said. "I have decided to part ways with Michigan,Mizzou,TCU, and Boise for various reasons and I will SOLIDIFY my commitment to Cal Berkeley […] I appreciate all of the coaches and fans for your time and support. I hop you all will still support me in the long run if not God Bless you."
On his official visit this weekend, that decision was solidified, as were the commitments of several other future Bears.
"I realized that other schools were talking with me, but it didn't matter what they put in. At that point, if it was even or below, there was no chance. Even if it was equal to what Cal can bring, there's no chance," Enwere said on Sunday night. "No school is anywhere near equal, and if there was one, it would be so late in the game, so why change? It's like, you can go to two pizza places, and they've got the same food, but if you already go to one, why start going to the other? I just realized that it was time to let everybody else know that I wasn't going to go anywhere else."
Enwere was the most prolific shutterbug during the weekend, taking shots of himself, fellow running back commit Tre Watson and Luke Rubenzer together, the entire visit group in jerseys with their numbers, the entire group at the 50-yard line, himself standing at the 50-yard line, sitting at the news desk at KTVU, some official visit swag, some of the beautiful vistas, himself and defensive end commit Kennedy Emesibe and himself with former Cal and Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best mugging it up. He even posted some video of his father trying to kick a field goal.
Getting to stand, shoulder-to-shoulder, with his future teammates in their jerseys engendered a moment of self-reflection for Enwere.
"Yeah, a little bit," he said. "It hit me, knowing that I made it here. It's a goal that I set years and years back, and now I'm finally achieving it, and seeing it come true is great in itself. It's a little humbling, because you realize that you're one of the very, very few. There's a lot of responsibility that comes with it. It was a great experience getting to do those things with those guys up there."
Among those guys up there are Watson and Koa Farmer, who will each still take more official visits, but were shored up by the weekend in Berkeley.
"We didn't really have to do too much with it. He wasn't going to go anywhere but Cal," Enwere said of Watson. "Same thing with Koa. He's not going anywhere. We're all ready to play. We're all gearing up. Yeah, other schools are over all of us, but we know where we want to be. We're pretty much all solid."
Meeting Best – who will join the program as a student assistant, working with running backs, as he finishes his degree – was also a highlight.
"We just spoke a little bit about football and talked about what was most key to his success at Cal. It was really cool," Enwere said. "Having him around, back in school, it'll help."
The consistent thread through the visitors that we at Scout.com have spoken with has been the sheer volume of food offered up to the recruits.
Enwere had wanted to try a few local dishes, but only managed a humble Top Dog at the local frankfurtery.
"They brought most of the stuff to us. We stopped at Top Dog and a Chipotle place, but they pretty much catered to us. We got to see various places, and everywhere was pretty good," Enwere said. "We were eating so much, that when I stopped by there, I couldn't get too much. We were just eating and eating and eating. I ate too much."
The only drawback? Now, he has to work all that food off.
"Yeah," he laughed. "I know."
The biggest takeaway from the weekend for Enwere was how close the entire group became over the course of just two days.
"I think it was just being around all these guys and enjoying ourselves, being around the guys that I'll be with for the next couple years," he said. "We're a tight-knit group, even the people that weren't committed. We have a JuCo cornerback – Darius [White] – who's committed to us now, and you have Aisea [Tongilava] who's committed to San Jose State and is probably going to commit, and we've got Marcus [Griffin]. We're all a pretty tight-knit group, and we're ready to produce."
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