With Signing Day less than two weeks away, few recruiting classes are changing more than Michigan’s.
U-M has parted ways with another verbal commitment, as Kiante Enis of Winchester, Ind., decommitted. The news was first reported by rivals.com, and Enis later clarified that the decision was his, in order to pursue a different offer.
“I want everyone to know my scholarship was not pulled and I was not at risk. It was a decision I had to make for myself,” he tweeted this morning.
His relationship with Michigan remained solid, as shown by U-M passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch sitting down with Enis at his school on Wednesday, Enis’ coach Mike Jones said today. But as Enis went home at night and discussed it with his grandparents, with whom he lives, he felt that Michigan wasn’t the right place for him. He called Fisch this morning to inform him of the decommitment.
“I think it’s a little far for him,” Jones said. “My guess is he’s going to try to stay a little closer to home.”
Enis dominated this season, rushing for 2,393 yards and 35 touchdowns on 278 carries. But Michigan reportedly was not pegging him to play running back and already has two 2016 tailbacks enrolled: Kareem Walker and Kingston Davis.
His offensive role was not part of Wednesday’ discussion with Fisch, Jones said, but there’s no secret what U-M’s roster looks like.
“Certainly, the recruitment of other backs leads one to assume that’s not the position he would have been playing at Michigan,” Jones said. “He wants the ball in his hands, for sure.”
Jones said Enis would have been willing to play wideout or even defense if asked, but given the opportunity to play closer to home and be a featured tailback make a different route better.
“We’ve got to find the place that he’s the most comfortable and has the most chance for success and, most importantly, the place that he’s going to get a diploma from, to have a good life after he goes there,” Jones said. “All those factors.”
Enis, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound, three-star running back, was the first commitment from the Summer Swarm satellite camps last summer. He attended the event in Indianapolis and committed soon afterward — as the U-M coaches were pulling out of the parking lot, actually.
Michigan is down to 21 players in the class. Signing Day, when players can sign a national letter of intent, is Feb. 3. A number of other players have left the class recently, including cornerback Sir Patrick Scott a week ago and tackle Erik Swenson, who was told Tuesday not to come on his planned official visit this weekend. In December, California athlete Victor Viramontes and Farmington linebacker David Reese decommitted.
Committed Southfield running back Matt Falcon had his scholarship offer pulled in October. He since has committed to Western Michigan.