Enoch Smith Jr. was one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the 2014 recruiting class, and ultimately chose Michigan State that cycle. The Mount Carmel High (Chicago, IL) standout would be close to home and play for a power program. But ultimately, things did not work out, so he announced his decision to transfer from MSU at the end of August.
Now, Smith is looking for another home. He will be part of someone's 2017 class, and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Two schools have extended offers to date. Kentucky and Syracuse. The Orange offered on Friday and have been in contact for some time. Syracuse was involved with Smith's recruitment out of high school, but that was a previous staff. This time around, Smith says he is "very interested" in the Orange.
"They're interested in me (too)," Smith said. "(It's a) great and historic place. A place where I can make an immediate impact. (It's) a great coaching staff that has a history of dominance."
Smith says his primary contact has been defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds. Reynolds has pitched what Syracuse has to offered both athletically and academically as well as what the coaching staff can do for Smith as a player, student and man.
"He's a very confident guy," Smith said. "He knows what he wants and he goes and gets it. He speaks highly of faith, and I'm a faith based person. So that caught my attention."
While Smith has not set up a visit to Syracuse yet, he says he is working on scheduling one with the coaching staff. He also plans on visiting Kentucky. Any other trips would depend on other offers that come in. Currently, there is no timetable for his decision.
Syracuse has connection to Smith's former high school. Mount Carmel produced one of the best players in Syracuse history in Donovan McNabb. Now SU is hoping to snag another one of their big time talents.