Cats’ Betts opts to go to ENMU

Kevin Wilson

Clovis senior tackle Kenny Betts has made a verbal commitment to play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University.

Betts, who helped Clovis reach the Class 5A quarterfinals last November, announced his commitment ahead of Wednesday, the first day high school players can sign letters-of-intent to college football programs.

Betts said he already feels a good rapport with new ENMU coach Josh Lynn, a former Greyhound who led New Mexico Military Institute’s junior college squad last season.

“He made me feel very welcome, like i meant a lot to him, and he’s already treated me like family,” Betts said. “I think we are going to do big things. It will be a great rebuilding process from the ground up.”

Betts was hampered with injuries throughout his senior season — and he had company, with 10 other starters missing multiple games with injuries for the Wildcats. But the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Betts has potentially the size and mobility to help a college program.

Lynn, who is forbidden by NCAA rules to speak about specific prospects until they officially sign with a school, said he expects to sign “20 to 25 guys,” covering all positions but mainly focusing on the interior offensive and defensive lines.

Betts got mild interest from Texas A&M and Arkansas, which asked for film and never got back in touch. Also, the University of New Mexico gave him the opportunity to be a preferred walk-on — a term reserved for a player a team likes, but doesn’t have enough scholarships to make a commitment.