|Dirk Knudsen; Washingtonpreps.com
|The Tanoa Bowl exposed major talent from all over the West and no one shined more then Shad Ennis of Alta High School in Utah.
No one who was at the Tanoa Bowl and met defensive Tackle Shad Ennis
could believe that he is not a 5-10 offer kid. The Tanoa Bowl showcased loaded rosters from all over the West and many of the kids were off the radar athletes looking for a shot.
Being an analyst long enough and covering a big geographic area like I do gives me perspective broad enough to speak with some authority. And in the case of Ennis I will say this.
He is the best athlete at DT I have seen all year with the exception of a few 5 stars at The Opening at Nike. And in practice and in the game at the Tanoa Bowl he impressed every down.
Now let’s break down the numbers on the D’Tackle from Alta High School.
|Dirk Knudsen; Washingtonpreps.com
|Ennis is among the top 3 or 4 DT or NG we have seen in the Western US this year!
Name: Shadrach Ennis
Height-weight: 6’3″ and 280 Pounds
School: Alta High School- Senior
Positions: Defensive Tackle- Center- Guard
Stats 2011: 75 Tackles, 8.5 Sacks, 1 interception
40 Time: 5.0
Bench: 350 Pounds
Squat: 450 Pounds
Bench Reps 185 pounds: 35
Shuttle Time 4.18
ACT Score: 25
Awards 2011: All Region First Team Defensive Tackle
The reason we were all so impressed beyond his obvious size is that Ennis absolutly played with wreckless abandon and is one of the hardest charging athletes we have ever seen. And it was not just one or two reps. It was whistle to whistle and he played like a man possessed.
The other thing was that Shad was showing speed and lateral quickness rarely seen in a big man. In the interview we did a few days after the bowl game he was clear that his shuttle time in in fact a 4.18 and that to verify that he had been timed again and again with the only member of his team to beat him being Utah commit Austin Lee (RB).
“I have always had great lateral ability. It is something that comes naturally and it sure has allowed me to play tough inside the trenches,” said Ennis as we talked.
His GPA is an unvelieveable 3.96 and his SAT Score a excellent 25. He is preparing to take the SAT right now.
He is the #3 rated Heavy Weight wrestler in the State of Utah and is involved in many other activities.
So we kept asking each other as coaches and staff why a guy like this is so off the radar. He does have an offer from Southern Utah University and has a list of schools who have sent him mail including Stanford, BYU, Utah, and WSU. The size is there, the grades, the motor, and the strength. There had to be an explanation.
So we asked.
“I had a knee that had some miniscus work so I missed every single Junior Day this year,” said Shad. “And I really only went to one camp my sophomore year at BYU that was I think a Nike Camp. So no one has ever really seen me up close at this point.”
That could very well explain his current state. With time still left in the recruiting class he could be just what any school at any level is looking for. A Blue-Chip kid by definition who is ready to go and is looking for a shot. With signing day less then a month away he is with no doubt one of the top athletes a program looking to improve could get.
Would be willing to look around at different programs?
“Heck yes. I am wide open and any of the schools that have contacted me would be great to hear from. I am 100% open right now,” he concluded.
Boise State, BYU, Utah (preffered walk on offered), WSU, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal, and any of the academic schools are on his list. While he will go on mission for the LDS Church he will do so after completing a year at the university of his choice.
Shad Ennis is for real and we are only too happy to help him share his story.
If you don’t believe me watch this. Great stuff Shad.
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