Don’t expect class of 2014 recruits Luke Rebenzer or Vic Enwere to arrive at Berkeley ahead of schedule as did 2013 newcomer Jared Goff, who graduated from high school mid-year in order to enroll at Cal and attend spring workouts.
“It’s not in the cards for me,” said Enwere (pronounced en-WHERE-ee), a running back from Sugar Land, Texas, a Houston suburb. “I have things I want to do at home … I want to graduate with my class from high school.”
Likewise, Rebenzer, a quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz., said he’s thought about it, but added, “At this point, it’s kind of too late to do anything about it.”
Rebenzer, who gave Cal an oral commitment last week, said offensive coordinator Tony Franklin floated the idea of red-shirting as a freshman or perhaps gray-shirting, meaning Rebenzer would not arrive on campus until the start of the spring semester (January 2015), delaying the start of his eligibility clock.
All that is down the road.
One thing seemed clear in my phone conversations with the two on Wednesday — each is as committed as a 17-year-old who has not signed a binding letter of intent can be.
Rebenzer had planned to take summer trips to check out the Air Force Academy and a couple Ivy League schools. “Now that I committed,” he said, “I’m just laying back the rest of the summer, just chilling.