CHICAGO -- For most of his recruitment, 2014 defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. (Chicago/Mount Carmel) was hearing only from schools within a few hours of the Windy City. But his father, a former college and NFL player, told him that was how it would be at first, but eventually interest would pick up from schools farther and farther from Chicago.
His father was right.
Smith Jr. holds nine offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana. And his interest from other Midwest schools is there, too (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State), but his name is spreading to the SEC and Big 12 and even west to schools such as Stanford and USC.