Wildcats in pursuit of Enewally

Cerritos, Calif. defensive back Patrick Enewally has received recruiting interest from a number of schools, including Northwestern. The three-star prospect discusses his recruitment in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Cold weather is, figuratively speaking, foreign territory for Patrick Enewally. He resides in Cerritos (Calif.), where for much of the year a temperate climate facilitates an ideal football-playing environment.

His family vacations are almost exclusively warm-weather excursions, including Tennessee and Texas. In a more literal sense, too, cold weather reminds Enewally of foreign territory.

It conjures up images of his family voyage across the pond—the one exception to an otherwise warm weather-dominated vacation history—where he experienced the chilled London climate.

Still, Enewally is intrigued by the idea of playing at Northwestern and fully embracing Chicago's brisk conditions.

"I can adjust," Enewally said of the Windy City's notoriously cold winter temperatures. "I've heard it's a nice area, Chicago. I wouldn't have a problem living there."

There's been a surge in recruiting activity for Enewally in recent months, with several power conference programs—including but not limited to Arizona, Utah and Boise State—extending offers. NU followed suit this spring after defensive backs coach Jerry Brown visited Enewally at Gahr Richard (CA) high school for a team workout. Brown came away impressed with Enewally's athleticism and aggressive coverage.

"Coach said he really liked what I was doing out there," Enewally said. "He said he liked how I played my position, and then he offered."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound DB played mostly safety during his junior season, but could switch to corner at the next level. He welcomes the change, because it affords him the opportunity for physical, one-on-one play. Coach Brown agrees, intrigued by the prospect of Enewally—whose most recent 40-yd dash time is 4.5, a remarkably fast mark for a player his size—matching up with bigger receivers. Enewally is a dynamic playmaker, a versatile talent with elite athleticism to go along with an impressive skills-to-size ratio.

"I played a lot of safety in high school," he said. "But I like corner better. It gives me the chance to match up on the perimeter with physical receivers. My size helps with that."

As he continues to draw interest from various programs, Enewally is putting his recruitment on hold until next month. He's only made two visits so far—UCLA and San Diego State—and plans to focus on preparing himself, both mentally and physically, for his senior season. Sometime later this summer, Enewally and his father will compile a list of top schools.

While the thought of playing at a Big Ten institution with a sterling academic reputation and an emerging football program intrigues Enewally, he needs to visit NU before pegging it as one of his favorites. He speaks with Brown and coach Fitzgerald every couple weeks and hopes to attend a game this fall.

For Enewally, there is no single most important factor guiding his decision. The campus, academics, location, reputation—an harmonized blend of disparate elements will dictate his decision.

Weather, even for a player well-suited to the year-round California sunshine, is not one of those elements. Enewally just wants the right fit.

"Northwestern has a lot of things I like," he said. "There's a great coaching staff, a high level of play, and the fact that it's in the Big Ten.

"There isn't one factor that will make my decision. It's a mix of everything. I just need to find the place where I fit best."

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