Smith, Caravan start season strong

It was a perfect start to the season for Enoch Smith, Jr. and the Mount Carmel Caravan, who opened up the 2012 campaign with a 32-12 win over St. Patrick's High School at Soldier Field. Smith discusses his recruitment, plus read some scouting notes, all inside.

Plenty of eyes will be on Mount Carmel (Ill.) standout Enoch Smith this season. The junior defensive end helped the Caravan to a 32-12 win over St. Patrick's at Soldier Field.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, holds eight offers. With a strong showing this season, he could add more. Smith's goal is to help his team win.

"I'm just looking to make the team better and do anything I can to let us come out with a victory like today," said Smith as he walked off Soldier Field.

Mount Carmel opened the season ranked No. 19 in the FOX Sports NEXT Illinois Top 25, but will likely move up after the week one win.

Smith sees a lot of talent on the team, despite its youth and inexperience.

We're looking to teach them and show them the ropes do when they get on the field, they can play the Mount Carmel way.

As the season starts up, Smith's recruitment has only heated up, too. He already holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Purdue, plus serval others. He has also received interest from Florida, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, and others.

Scouting Report:

It's hard to not be impressed with the natural athleticism that Enoch Smith possesses. Just a junior, Smith has a great motor off the line and his explosiveness creates trouble. At 265 pounds, he could grow into a true defensive tackle, which many colleges have pegged him to be.

Also keep an eye on

Mount Carmel has several division-one talents, as it often does. Junior offensive lineman Nate Oquendo has already drawn college looks. Also, quarterback Donny Butkus has potential as a solid athlete.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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