247Sports four-star defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr. was instrumental in Chicago Mount Carmel’s Illinois 8A Championship run during his junior season, amassing 41 tackles and 23 tackles for loss. Smith has continued that on-the-field success by being awarded Defensive Line MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte a few weeks back. He is currently ranked as one of the top ten prospects in the state of Illinois and one of the top five defensive tackles in the Midwest for the class of 2014.
In Mount Carmel’s three-man defensive front, Smith was used primarily as a defensive end. He is reported to be around 6-2/6-3 and 260-270 pounds, so he has the frame to play inside in a four-man front, depending on the defense of his college choice. He plays low and with great leverage. For a defensive tackle, he displays enough of a motor to track down receivers downfield, and he does a great job of diagnosing screen plays and switching from pursuit of the quarterback to pursuit of the running back. Playing in the Chicago Catholic League, in the highest classification in Illinois, Smith has seen some top-notch talent on the opposing team. That includes offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, a top fifty player in the nation.
Smith has received numerous offers from BCS-level programs. Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, NC State, Purdue, Syracuse and Tennessee are all in the mix, but currently Michigan State and Notre Dame are sticking out. Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon have also shown interest by sending coaches to visit Smith in January. Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue have received visits from the Chicago-native in the last couple months.