Written by: Lydia Knoll (@lydddknoll)
There are now 42 days remaining until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2016 season in Miami against the Florida International Golden Panthers. Join us each day for each part of our 100-day countdown to the opener! No current IU playerwears #42 so today we will look at incoming freshman, Kiante Enis.
Kiante Enis (Freshman)
-Weight: 200 pounds
-Hometown: Winchester, IN
-Position: Running Back
Yet another native Hoosier, Kiante Enis comes to Indiana University out of Winchester, Indiana. Rated a three-star prospect by 247sports and ranked the seventh prospect in the state of Indiana, Enis brings some fresh blood to the running back lineup. Enis had ten offers including other Big Ten schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa. He was previously committed to the Michigan Wolverines before flipping his commitment to Indiana on National Signing Day. Enis was a significant weapon in his high school career, averaging 194.2 yards a game and scoring an impressive 113 total touchdowns. Overall, he ran for nearly 7000 yards on 716 carries
Enis had a rough childhood, that was featured in a terrific article at Pal-Item.com written by Jesus Jimenez. Essentially, Enis was rescued from living in a car by his grandparents to become a three sport star and now a top recruit for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Looking at the current Indiana running back depth chart, it is quite possible Enis will see some playing time. Other than obvious starter, Devine Redding, there seems to be some openings for potential snaps. Camion Patrick came out with an injury during spring ball which could set him back as the season gets rolling and allow even more of an opportunity for Enis to play. Devonte Williams, “The Matrix,” was recently placed on the running back depth chart to join returners Ricky Brookins, Mike Majette, and Alex Rodriguez. However, what Enis has on all of these guys is size. Standing at 6’1”, he’s inches taller than all of the returners other than Camion. This could give him an advantage and the edge that he’ll need to claim a spot on the field come gameday.
Share any comments or memories about KianteEnis or the running back squad in the comments section (or on the message boards) and be sure to come back to Hoosier Huddle each day during our countdown!