UGA recruiting: Big target Kingsley Enagbare compared to Alabama great Jonathan Allen
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Kingsley Enagbare is all about his business. He holds down a 3.4 GPA and plans to major in business management or real estate management.
The 6-foot-4, 255-poud defensive line prospect hails from the same Hapeville Charter Career Academy program which sent Arden Key to LSU, signed William Poole III to Georgia and has rising senior Chris Smith II in “The League of Shadows” to play in Mel Tucker’s secondary.
He’s an Atlanta boy. What was his dream school growing up?
“It was probably Georgia,” Enagbare told DawgNation.com.
What are the chances of him being the next Hornet on his way to Athens?
“I like Georgia,” Enagbare said. “So they are up there for me on my list.”
His offer list includes Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Which schools are the “up there” schools on his list?
“Probably Georgia,” he said. “Probably South Carolina. Georgia Tech. N.C. State. A couple of schools can still get up there but I just want to take some visits to see them first.”
He’s thinking about deciding within a specific timeframe.
“I was thinking probably the last week of spring practice,” Enagbare said. “Probably May 19. But if not then, then probably early in the summer.”
Those four schools he named among his “up there” options are also the programs which are currently recruiting him the hardest. He stated he doesn’t really have a leader yet among those schools.
Enagbare currently rates as a 3-star recruit and as the nation’s No. 18 strong-side defensive end by the 247SportsComposite.
How Georgia would use Kingsley Enagbare
The Bulldogs have a plan in mind. Enagbare has the skills to play up and down the defensive line.
“They said I could be a strong-side defensive end for the pass rush and sometimes they would put me at a ‘3’ technique,” Enagbare said. “I think I could do both. … I use my athleticism to get around blocks and to get through people.”
Enagbare is a budding artist. He likes to paint in his spare time. How does he feel about that opportunity in Athens?
“I like them a lot,” he said. “It is a good school and an excellent place. I felt welcomed on my visit. It felt nice to be up there at Georgia on a visit.”
Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon compared him to a former SEC great that was just selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
“He’s the ‘3’ technique guy,” Gordon said. “That (former Alabama standout) Jonathan Allen type that everybody is looking for in that 3-4 defense. He can compete at defensive end and the ‘3’ technique in the 4-3. There’s no doubt he can be a ‘3’ at the next level. He’ll be that guy who is the big defensive end in a 3-4 set and the ‘3’ in the 4-man front. His best football is yet to come. He’s a young player and he’s passionate about the game and he’s going to give you his 110 percent every time.”
The other contenders in the chase for Kingsley Enagbare
Georgia Tech is also a major contender.
“I like Georgia Tech because of that great degree,” he said. “That is one of the best non-Ivy League degrees out there.”
He also likes the feel about the Wolfpack in the ACC.
“I just like them,” he said.
Gordon also felt that most fans out there don’t know what they are getting from the players that emerge from his program.
“You know what you get when you get a Hapeville Charter kid,” Gordon said. “Our kids do more with less. … Our guys will compete Day one. When you get a Hapeville kid I just know what we breed into our children. I know how hard these coaches here work to prepare them. .. We come to work here. Every day. I feel the football gods will take care of and always reward those players and their teams who continue to put in the most work.”
Watch out for South Carolina
Enagbare also used very descriptive phrases when discussing the pursuit that is coming his way from South Carolina.
“Wanted is how I feel there,” Enagbare said. “I really feel like they want me. It is a good spot for me.”
But he wasn’t able to decipher whether that pursuit from coach Will Muschamp and company was any stronger than the attention he’s getting from Georgia, Georgia Tech and N.C. State.
The young man is known as “Jay Jay” around the Hapeville program. That’s a nod to the cartoons he watched growing up.
“You know the cartoon ‘Jay Jay The Jet Plane’ well that was my favorite show growing up,” he said. “I liked it and then everybody in my family and everyone I knew just started calling me that.”
His first offer was from Wake Forest. He still calls that the “best day” or maybe just the “coolest day” of his life up to this point.
Enagabare has since progressed to getting ready to make his decision.
“I just feel like it is about that time,” he said. “Then I also don’t want to have to deal with it during the season worrying about where I want to go. I want to focus on my senior year and my football team this fall. Not my college choice. I want to get that out of the way.”
Gordon said that “Jay Jay” nickname fits his prized defensive lineman. Enagbare moved to Hapeville from Peachtree Ridge.
“Jay Jay is a character,” his coach said. “He is a smart and nice and fun happy-go-lucky kid that I think the best is yet to come for him. I just don’t think they scratched the surface with him at Peachtree Ridge. You are going to see the animal in him unleashed down here because every day we compete.”
Quick Intel on Fitzgerald’s James Graham
The 2018 quarterback picture is a hot topic among Georgia fans. Especially those of the dual-threat quarterback variety. The Bulldogs recently offered 3-star dual-threat quarterback James Graham from Fitzgerald.
That’s an in-state dual-threat QB for 2018 at that. That probably checks off every box in the criteria that most DawgNation recruiting enthusiasts are looking for.
Fitzgerald ATH James Graham's 22 offer comes from the University of Georgia! pic.twitter.com/rvRX8JjZfe
— Jesse Lynch (@CoachJesseLynch) May 6, 2017
Let’s not muddy the waters here. Fitzgerald assistant coach Jesse Lynch told me that the offer is as an athlete. A few schools like Georgia Tech and Mississippi State have offered Graham to be their quarterback, but the UGA offer was as an athlete.
And with good reason. Lynch shared a few impressive nuggets regarding Mr. Graham:
- He’s a commodity in South Georgia having started at QB for three years at Fitzgerald. The 247Sports Composite rates him as the nation’s No. 22 dual-threat QB.
- UGA, like many others, see him as a running back, receiver or a defensive back. That’s the standard athlete offer.
- Graham (6-1, 190) has ideal size to line up at defensive back or receiver.
- He’s got great top end speed, but his first 2-to-3 steps are elite. Lynch said that he’s the best athlete he’s ever seen or coached. Graham backs that opinion up with a 3.96 time in the pro agility drill. That’s the school record at Fitzgerald.
- That 3.96 pro agility shuttle drill Graham has put up would rank No. 11 nationally among all the times at that event posted at all the Nike Opening regionals this spring.
- Graham put up a gritty performance in the state title game this year. He ran for more than 180 yards, but most of those came on grinding and hard-fought bursts that went for less than 10 yards.