Enger is a leader on both sides of the ball

When O'Dea lost in the 3A State Championship game last fall, the only solace the Irish coaches could take was that they are returning some very talented players in 2008. Dawgman.com has already previewed a couple of those players -- LB Allen Mooney and OT Danny Kistler -- and DE/OT Grant Enger will join those two as senior leaders on a team that promises to be one of the state's best.

Enger's impressive size (6-6, 235) and wingspan make him an intriguing prospect at a couple of different positions, but he says schools are mainly looking at him as a defensive end at this point.

"Everyone is looking at me for defensive end," Enger told Dawgman.com recently. "I've only played offense for two years, so I have more experience on defense and I feel comfortable there.

"I didn't really play defense last year so that's why some people didn't think I played defense."

Enger started every game for the state runner-up at right tackle opposite Kistler and he held his own and was named First Team All-Metro Mountain Division as a tackle.

"I'm definitely excited about this coming fall," Enger said. "I can't wait to play with these guys again and see where we can go and what we can do."

On the recruiting front, Enger is just starting to hear from schools and his mailbox has been pretty full recently.

I'm just getting letters from a lot of schools right now," Enger said. "Washington, Oregon, Washington State, Stanford, Arizona State, Boise State are the schools I'm most interested in now.

"Over spring break, I think I'm going to go to a lot of the Pac 10 schools and check them out and see what it's like and see what they are all like and how they are different.

"I know I'll be at Oregon and Oregon State. I don't know if I'll get down to California, but I'll definitely try to get to Washington and Washington State as well."

Because Washington has two of the more recent big-time players to come from O'Dea either already on their roster -- Quinton Richardson -- or soon to be there -- Johri Fogerson -- Enger said the Huskies have piqued his interest the most at this point.

"Washington," Enger said when asked if he had an early leader. "There's a bunch of O'Dea guys there and that's appealing that I could play with them, plus it's close to home and I like the coaches up there."

Enger wasn't sure what camps or combines he would be hitting this spring and summer, but said he expects to sit down and decide on some in the next few weeks.

We'll have more from Enger as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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