Enyenihi Goes Orange and Blue

Enyenihi Goes Orange and Blue

Illinois was looking to add a power runner to the 2015 class to go along with do-it-all back Dre Brown. They got their guy on Thursday when Henry Enyenihi committed to Illinois.

Illinois added yet another offensive weapon to the arsenal on Thursday.

That was the public declaration of Sacramento C.C. Running Back Henry Enyenihi on Thursday afternoon, who committed to Illinois.

Enyenihi, committed to Illinois over offers from Sacramento State and Texas-San Antonio. Enyenihi was also hearing from Several in the Pac 12 and Big 12.

The Sac' back joins an already strong offensive class at Illinois in 2015 and should graduate early and join the team for the spring semester.

Enyenihi said at the end of the day, he felt led to Illinois following a lot of thought and consideration.

"I had just been praying and talking to my family since the offer and I felt like this was the place for me," he said. "Illinois has pieces for a great future and I want to be a part of that."

With the departure of Dami Ayoola, Illinois was looking to fortify the running back position, specifically with a power runner. Dre Brown, a versatile every-down type back now has Enyenihi on the depth chart with him in 2015.

"I think I'll be a great fit with my size and speed," he said. "We run a similar offense at my JUCO now so the transition shouldn't be too difficult. They have a few junior college guys there, so I won't be alone."

The off-field fit was just as important to Enyenihi as the fit in the football program.

"I think I'll fit in just fine with everybody and we will have a tremendous impact on the Big Ten," he said.

Illinois running backs and tight ends coach Alex Golesh gets credit for leading Enyenihi's recruitment.

"We have a great relationship," he said. "It's great that he'll be my running backs coach, too."

Enyenihi hasn't gotten a chance to get to know too many of the Illinois players yet, but has heard positive things about the school.

"I have a few friends who have visited the school and I've heard nothing but good things from them," he said. -Fletcher Page contributed to this report

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