It's no secret that Utah knows how to find and develop talented defensive backs. This past week the coaches added another target to their list.
Patrick Enewally, a 6'2" 191-pound DB from Gahr High School in Cerritos, California received an offer from the Utes late last Thursday and says the coaches were pretty energized when they spoke about his potential as a Ute.
"I got a phone call from Coach Roderick [on Thursday]. He called me up, said they were fired up and that they wanted to offer me. My initial reaction was good. I liked it a lot, I was pretty excited."
Enewally is being recruited by two Utah coaches (Coach Roderick and Coach Shah), two coaches who would both like to have him play on their side of the ball. He has experience playing multiple positions, including Wide Receiver, but he says he plans to stay on the defensive side at the next level.
"The coaches joked around about it just because I'm pretty good on both sides, but it's probably going to be DB – corner or safety."
Enewally's big frame and instincts on the ball give him some of the traits that have helped former Ute defensive backs excel. He is strong in multiple coverages and has great range on the field. He's also a hard hitter with a very direct tackling style which often results in big collisions at the point of impact. These things are all musts when playing in Utah's unique defensive coverage schemes and it's these core skills that have the Ute coaches excited and keeps them in contact with Enewally often.
"We're in touch probably once a week to every two weeks, phone calls or emails usually. We've talked about having me come in and play early and contributing to the team a lot. They want me to come in and fight for playing time right away."
Utah became the fourth school to offer Enewally joining Idaho, San Diego State, and fellow Pac-12 member Arizona. On Friday their offer was immediately followed by offers from Utah State and Hawaii, something Coach Roderick had warned him about on Thursday.
"The coaches said that Utah knows how to pick their DB's and that once Utah offers that a whole bunch of schools hop on."
With this growing list of offers and more sure to come, Enewally is doing his best to keep his options open.
"All of the guys from the Pac-12 are talking to me hard right now about offering, so that is what I'm working on right now. I don't know who will offer next, but I'm expecting UCLA, Colorado, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State.
"Everyone is equal right now. I want to keep my options open and just stay away from making a list right now. I don't have any leaders or favorites, not yet."
Enewally plans to take a lot of visits this summer and his early Utah offer has helped the Utes make the list of schools he plans to see.
"I'm going to take a visit to Utah and Arizona for sure. That's all I've really thought about so far, I haven't scheduled anything yet."
With no decision date planned yet it may be a while before Enewally makes his final decision.
Enewally excels both on and off the field. As a junior he intercepted two passes returning both for touchdowns. He also tallied 48 tackles, 7 pass break-ups, and scored 6 total touchdowns. He runs a 4.51 40-yard dash and boasts a 3.5 GPA.
Enewally Offered By Utah
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