One of six Texas-born players on the California roster, tailback Vic Enwere gets to play at home again for the second time this season -- something he didn't think he'd get to do.
"Of course, it's exciting to go and play in front of my family and friends again," he told BearTerritory. "It's great that I get two opportunities in one year to do so."
Enwere, out of Fort Bend (Tex.) Stephen F. Austin, isn't as close to home as linebacker Nathan Broussard, who's Plano, Tex., home is, he says, about 15 to 20 minutes away.
"Not close, but close enough," says Enwere. "I've got some sisters that live in Dallas, and my family will make the trip, of course, and a lot of friends from back home will, too. As long as it's in my state, it's a go for me."
"My sisters live there, and I've got a lot of cousins up there. Growing up, I would go up there often, on holidays and at least maybe three times to four times a year, I would go to the Dallas-Forth Worth-Arlington area. I'm very familiar with the area, actually."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1626027-cal-armed-forces-b... Enwere is as Texas tough as they come, and as a 6-foot-1, 230-pound battering ram, he's as hard a runner as the tailback that sparked his interest in the Bears to begin with -- Marshawn Lynch. He's since seen Lynch hanging around the program, and learned a bit from Jahvid Best last year, as Best returned as a student to finish his degree and work with the team.
"The whole big Texas-versus-California rivalry is big, so you hear about all the schools here and in California," Enwere says.
With much of the staff having heavily recruited Texas in the past -- including head coach Sonny Dykes and Houston-area specialist Mark Tommerdahl -- the Bears were more persistent than other West Coast schools when it came to recruiting Enwere, back in the spring of 2013.
"They showed a lot more effort in recruiting me than a lot of other West Coast schools," says Enwere.
A three-star recruit and a Blue-Grey All-American, Enwere was the No. 7 running back in Texas, and the No. 59 overall back in the nation when the Bears went after him, but his offer list was far more impressive than the numbers. Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan StateRice, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Wisconsin headlined his list of suitors, but in the end, on June 17, 2013, he chose Cal.
"They came out here a lot, and they recruit heavily in this area, and the Houston area," Enwere says. "You have to, because you're taking a kid that's 16, 17, 18, and you're asking them to move their entire life to a different state. I think you have to come in and showe them that you're really interested in what you have to offer. They've done a great job with it, and we have a lot of out-of-state guys, and a lot of guys from the South, and even guys coming in, in this next class, so they're doing a good job with that."
One of those players -- South Lake Carroll linebacker Cameron Goode -- has told BearTerritory that he may be at Tuesday's Armed Forces Bowl to watch Cal take on Air Force. Goode is one of three Bears commits to call the state of Texas home, including three-star cornerback Josh Drayden (out of Dallas Bishop Dunne) and Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis defensive end Tevin Paul.
There's a reason that the Bears recruit so heavily in Texas, beyond just the fact that both Dykes and offensive line coach Brandon Jones have ties to Texas Tech. Players in the Lone Star State tend to be very well-prepared for the next level.
"The system, how we run our practices, from the periods to how we do our weight room sessions, I think all of that was pretty much the same, when I went to high school," says Enwere. "We had as many periods as we have here, the way our strength staff works with us, even the facilities are very, very similar to the college game."
How can high school facilities be similar to the $351 million Simpson Center? Well, for starters, Enwere's high school had six football fields and a large indoor weight room.
"We had a main turf field and then we had about six practice fields, we had all the dummies, the cameras, the big clocks, we had the music at practice, we had everything a college has," he says. "Even our games -- the amount of people we play in front of -- is very close. I think it does give you an upper hand. It's not as big. You get comfortable with it, because it's something that you already know, and I think it does give an advantage to the guys coming out of the state."
Of the Bears' 23 commits, 13 come from out of the state of California, but, Enwere says, there aren't any hard feelings.
"There's always the battle between Whataburger and In-N-Out," Enwere says. "There's always that Texas-versus-California, but at the end of the day, the camaraderie is all throughout the team, no matter where you're from, what religion you are, what color you are, what race; the cameraderie is the same across the board."
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