Rice-bound placekicker Enock Gota goes through his journey alone to US from West Africa at 11

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Meet the Dekaney HS placekicker who immigrated to the US alone at 11
Enock Gota is heading to Rice on a football scholarship, a landmark achievement for a young man who came to America from West Africa, alone and at 11 years old.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Enock Gota made the journey to America when he was 11 years old. He traveled by himself from his native West Africa to join his parents in their new home.

He was already fluent in three languages, but English wasn't one of them. He struggled to find friends and a foundation.

Then, a coach suggested he kick a football.

Gota didn't know anything about American football, but his kicking ability impressed his teammates.

Now, he's a popular student at Dekaney High School.

Gota also has NFL talent as a kicker. He'll head to Rice this fall on scholarship. The rest of the story is yet to be written.

Wherever he goes, Enock Gota will be forever thankful to America and the opportunities our country provides.

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