Irish Still Lead for Smith?

Mount Carmel High (Chicago) defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. was going to visit Notre Dame for the March 23 junior day, but he had to change plans and will return to campus a few weeks later. He updated on his recruitment, and if the Irish were still in the lead.

Mount Carmel High (Chicago) defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. is still high on Notre Dame and still plans to make his college decision before the start of his senior season, but his recruitment doesn't seem as cut-and-dry as it was a few months ago.

Smith Jr. pushed back his unofficial visit to April 13 so he can take part in the NFTC in North Carolina the same time the Irish host a collection of juniors on campus March 23.

He will also use that time to visit North Carolina and North Carolina State, and to possibly visit Duke.

"I still consider (Notre Dame) one of my leaders," Smith said, "but some other schools have stepped up to the plate and have caught my eye as well."

The change in approach came after Tennessee and Michigan State became involved with the 6-foot-2, 265-pound prospect.

"Both of those schools opened my eyes, especially when I went down to Michigan State and went to one of their basketball games," Smith said. "Everything seemed perfect there, and the coaches seemed like they were genuine with their answers."

Still, he spends plenty of time speaking with the Irish staff and holds the program in high regard.

"They are re-iterating the fact they really like me on the defensive line and they want me to come and be a member of the Fighting Irish," Smith said. "They tell me how it can benefit me and my future, and about the upside of the university as well."

With double digit offers, plenty of suitors and visits on the horizon, and finding the time to weave recruiting into his daily schedule is challenging.

"I'm enjoying it," he said. "I'm just trying to figure out what's best for me with coming in and playing defensive line. I'm looking for a school that has a strong engineering program, one with good (academics) and team chemistry."

However, the increased interest and developments in his recruitment does not mean his time table for making a decision is different.

"As of right now, I'm 95 percent sure I will make my decision before my senior year," Smith said.

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