2008 Intro: Chris Enos

HOPE MILLS, N.C. --- After an ankle injury set back his recruitment, a solid showing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine helped put things back on track for Chris Enos.

"It was actually a really good experience," said Enos. "I think what really caught the coaches' attentions was when we did the one-on-ones and the double teams. A lot of them told me I did really good."

Although the performance didn't result in any scholarship offers, schools – such as Connecticut, Louisville, North Carolina, and Virginia – increased their recruiting efforts.

Enos, a 6-foot-2 235-pound defensive end from Hope Mills (N.C.) Gray's Creek, also began to receive invitations to junior days and campus visits. He was able to attend East Carolina's Junior Day and unofficially visited UNC for its basketball game against N.C. State.

Following his Chapel Hill stay, the Tar Heels' contact with Enos continued to increase.

"Since I went and visited for the N.C. State game, [the contact with UNC] has been really good," said Enos. "I've been keeping in touch with the coaches and everything. They just got my film; they said that they liked it."

Tommy Thigpen, who is Enos' primary recruiter, hasn't mentioned the possibility of an offer, but emphasized how highly he felt about Enos' highlight film.

Enos will continue with his spring campus visits by attending junior days at Virginia and Louisville (April 14th).

During the summer, Enos plans to camp at East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, and Virginia.

"I'm trying to get to as many one-day camps as I can just so coaches can see me and everything," said Enos.

Enos, who hopes to have a verbal commitment made before the start of his senior season, said he is currently favoring one school.

"My favorite, right now, is Louisville, but I'm definitely going to keep my options open and see what happens," said Enos. "[Louisville] was my first visit and I actually had a really good time when I was up there. I've been texting the coaches and I've called them a couple times. I felt comfortable up when I was up there. They have really good facilities. And it's a really good school too for academics."

While he stars at defensive end for Gray's Creek, he could end up playing anywhere on either side of the line at the collegiate level, according to David Lovette, Gray's Creek's head football coach.

"[He's a] strong kid, pretty fast, pretty good feet," said Lovette. "He's a type of kid that's going to be a solid college football player somewhere.

"He's got a big enough frame, he's got good size in the lower body – in his hips and legs – and he's a good enough athlete that he could definitely put some more weight on and be a defensive tackle or offensive lineman in college."

While celebrating a victory, Enos sustained a high ankle sprain. The injury, while believed to have fully recovered by now, forced him to miss six games.

"I think I did ok [after returning from injury]," said Enos. "The injury did slow me down a little bit, but it actually healed up a lot. We put ice on it everyday so when I came back I was fine. My tackles and my sacks were pretty good for being out five or six games."

Enos ended his junior campaign with about 70 tackles and six sacks in just six games.

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