Signing Day Capsule: Enoch Smith Jr

The initial defensive line commitment got the ball rolling on a strong class for Michigan State in the trenches.

Enoch Smith – Mt. Carmel (Ill.) defensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 265 pounds

Commitment date: April 20, 2013

Why Michigan State: "I was not planning on committing until summer, but God told me that Michigan State was the right place while I was eating [on Saturday]. … It was everything about the program. The incredible coaching staff and the campus. They told me I was the kind of player MSU needs on the defensive line. They also told me that they watched my film that morning."

The Skinny

Smith Jr was a surprising commitment, as he said, he wasn't planning on committing when he did. In the end, things clicked for him at Michigan State when he visited for the spring game.

He proved to be a valuable in recruiting as he worked on Craig Evans for a while and built a good relationship with him. He also comes from a winning program at Mt. Carmel as he won the Class 8A title as a junior and 7A as a senior.

He also was named the MVP of the West Coast Bowl last weekend after he racked up five sacks. He also took part in The Opening with Brian Allen.

His quickness is a major asset off the line and he was a great pick up early in the process and got things going for what has turned into a very good defensive line class as MSU loaded up in both trenches.

His size at 265 pounds might keep him from contributing early, but between Evans and himself, that is a potent pair of defensive tackles for the future in East Lansing.

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