GV Keeps Tabs on Local QB

After a sterling junior season, Nick Ens has not received the recruiting attention that many would expect given the numbers he put up. However, there are a few schools keeping a close eye on him, including nearby GVSU.

After passing for 3,100 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior, Nick Ens is back for an encore. However, his Catholic Central team has taken a different approach this season.

"We lost our first game, but we won the last two games, mostly on the ground. I have been efficient. I think I've been around 75-80%. We have great running backs."

As a result, Ens says he doesn't mind passing less, as the ultimate goal is not to break records, but to win a state title.

Another goal is to play college ball, which he knows he can do, but where and which level he will play at is still to be decided.

"I'm still hearing from a lot of D2 schools, Grand Valley State and St. Josephs in Indiana, not a lot of D1 anymore. There are a lot of goodd quarterbacks in the state. I still hear from Arkansas, Indiana, mostly letters from them and Cornell and Valparaiso."

Ens has not taken any visits yet, but him being a stone's throw from Allendale makes a Grand Valley visit likely. He has already camped with the Lakers during the summer and established a relationship with their coaches.

"They said they would watch my senior season. I got a call from a coach after that camp, but it was just formalities."

Ens has some resources at his disposal that most other high school kids don't. One, Catholic Central athletic director Todd Kolster, who recently served as Grand Valley's offensive coordinator and assistant coach Mark Radlinski, who was a star at CC and then for Saginaw Valley State.

"We definitely talk," he said of his relationship with Kolster, "and we have a coach, Darren Smith, who played on [GVSU's] first national championship team."

So far this fall, Ens says he has not had a large amount of contact with Grand Valley, but knows that will increase if he continues to perform well.

"GVSU's not pushing real hard. They are not calling me every week or anything like that, but I would love to be there. They are big around here. It's great having a D2 powerhouse right here in West Michigan."

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