Enoch Smith Jr. earns Opening invite with strong Chicago NFTC showing

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Smith was one of the better defensive linemen Sunday.

Sunday turned out pretty well for defensive line recruit Enoch Smith Jr. of Chicago's Mt. Carmel High School. Smith turned in a strong performance at the Chicago stop of the NFTC tour and earned an invite to The Opening 2013.

"To go up against players from Minnesota, Iowa, Chicago, it was a great experience and opportunity. I felt that I dominated, but still have a lot to work on," Smith said.

Smith, who came in at 6'2 and 270 pounds, says he still has things to improve in his game.

"My hands. I need to get quicker and more active with my hands. That's definitely something I plan to work on," Smith said.

While his game can improve, he feels his recruiting is a finished product.

"My process is over. I'm committed to Michigan State University," Smith said. "It's right for me."

Smith said that his decision came down to three things: faith, family and football. In Michigan State, he found all three.

As a Junior Deacon in his Baptist church, faith is extremely important to Smith. As is family. Smith's younger brother has autism, and during a visit, Michigan State arranged for Smith's younger brother to meet Sparty, the Michigan State mascot. Smith described it as a dream come true.

"They felt like family. The coaching staff, with coach Burton and Dantonio, was so genuine," Smith said.

Of course, it didn't hurt Michigan State's chances that Smith grew up a fan of the Spartans.

"Yes sir, and I actually created myself as a campus legend on [the NCAA video game], and he went to Michigan State, so I knew it was meant to be," Smith said.

Smith does not have a preference between defensive end and tackle. He says that he'll play whatever position helps the team the most, and that the staff said he will have a chance to try at each spot once he gets on campus. His goal is to win Big Ten and National Championships. It's also worth noting that he doesn't turn 18 until after his senior season, so he could still be growing.

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