Ennis makes his pledge

Texas A&M hauled in two commitments on Tuesday afternoon in College Station, and Aggie Websider visits with Huntsville (TX) defensive end Kirby Ennis, who was the first to pull the trigger. What made him commit today, and what does he like most about A&M? Will he take additional visits? Aggie Websider has that and more in an exclusive interview with one of the newest A&M commits.

June 17 is normally not considered an important day on the collegiate football recruiting calendar, but for the Texas A&M coaching staff and fans, it felt like Christmas despite temperatures in the mid-90's when at least two defensive prospects gave head Coach Mike Sherman their verbal commitments after unofficial visits to College Station this week.

The first prospect to pledge today was Huntsville (TX) defensive end Kirby Ennis after touring the Texas A&M facilities and meeting with the entire coaching staff on Monday. In fact, it was his interaction with the staff that prompted the commitment.

"The coaches are great. They all were there to meet me and they were more interested in me as a person than some of the other coaches," Ennis said. "The players were the same way. They came up and talked to me on their own. It wasn't forced or rehearsed. It made me feel comfortable."

In fact, Ennis was feeling so good about the Aggies on his visit that he was thinking about committing on the spot and even mentioned it to Coach Sherman before he left College Station.

"He told me to go home, get some rest and think about it," Ennis said. "I guess he wanted me to be sure. But I felt the same way today so I called him back and committed. He was pretty excited. He said they needed me on defense."

The 6-foot-5, 243-pound prospect splits time at outside linebacker and defensive end for the Hornets, but given his big frame he's projected to be a defensive end at the next level. As a junior, the Huntsville product registered 96 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss, and one interception returned for a touchdown.

"At the snap, I dropped out into the flat in coverage and I read the quarterback and I broke on the pass and intercepted it," Ennis said. "It was a long 27 yards, but I scored my first defensive touchdown. It was a great feeling."

Ennis' stock has been on the rise with offers from Big 12 schools like Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and the Aggies along with interest from the Longhorns and Sooners. However, it was the Aggies that won out for his services.

"A&M is a good place to go to school. The coaches are great and the players treated me like family," Ennis said. "The facilities were very impressive and the academics are top quality."

Asked if today's pledge ends the recruiting process, Ennis was philosophical with his unique answer to the question.

"I'm telling all of the other coaches that I'm committed to Texas A&M," Ennis said. "But if they still want to recruit me, that's their business. They will know up-front that I'm committed to the Aggies and I'm happy with that commitment."

Ennis has no plans to attend any camps or take any other unofficial visits this summer, but is excited to attend some Texas A&M home games this fall.

"The atmosphere for games there is great," Ennis said. "I'm looking forward to going to a few games there next season."

Ennis became the 11th commitment in the Class of 2009, quickly followed a couple of hours later by the 12th verbal pledge safety Charlie Thomas of Beaumont Central High School.

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