Ennis interested in Nebraska

Nebraska is hitting Texas hard, trying to hit it on both sides of the ball, to get players from the Lone Star State into their 2009 class. One of the players that they identified and offered early was Kirby Ennis from Huntsville (Texas). The 6-foot-3 and 245-pound defensive end is up to five offers already. Where do the Huskers stand with him?

The temperatures are starting to soar in Texas and Kirby Ennis and his Huntsville (Texas) team is close to finishing up spring practices. The 6-foot-3 and 245-pound defensive end is coming into his own as a leader on his team.

"We are wrapping up spring ball," Ennis said. "It's going really well so far. I am getting everyone behind me letting them know I want to lead them.

"Next, I am letting people know by example that I am dedicated. I am dedicating myself more than last year and I am getting more and more into it.

"Last year I was a leader on defense. There were a couple of people that I am sure in my first year of varsity weren't sure how serious I was. I am going to lead by example."

If people weren't sure about Ennis and his abilities on the field as a junior all they have to do is look back at what he did to understand how good of a player he actually is.

"I had 96 tackles, five sacks, four tackles for loss and one interception that I returned for 27 yards. I was first team all-district and second team all-region."

Schools continue to come through Ennis' school on a daily basis. "I know Texas, Rice and Montana came by the other day. The day before was Texas A&M and Colorado State. I have also seen Nebraska by the school."

Already, Ennis is sitting on five offers. "I am up to five offers right now. I have offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Nebraska and Northwestern so far."

When Ennis starts to look at picking the right school he will be looking at two important criteria. One will focus on the academics and the other will focus on the athletics.

"I am looking for the best business program. I am looking for a rich tradition in the football program. I am looking for a blend between those two things."

There are some plans for Ennis to get out and see some schools this summer, but he isn't letting anyone know who they are. That list is fluid according to him.

"I have summer plans to go visit schools. I don't want to say which schools I am planning on visiting because it could change at any time."

Ennis is aware that the Nebraska Cornhuskers brought in the defensive coordinator from LSU, Bo Pelini, to be the head coach. Ennis is familiar with Pelini's style.

"I know that he likes his defense to be really fast. You have to play fast to be a defensive end, period. You have to be fast to beat the lineman, every play.

"I was happy when I heard about the 80,000 fans that showed up for Nebraska's spring game. Just think about what they get during a regular season game.

"Shawn Watson has been recruiting me for Nebraska. He came down to see me when I was in my athletic period. I haven't spoken to him on the phone. He can call me once and hasn't yet."

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