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Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel junior defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr. visited East Lansing with family on Tuesday. During Smith's visit to Michigan State he picked up an offer from the Spartans, but that wasn't the best part of his visit to East Lansing. Smith took his little brother, Tre'Von Smith, and father Enoch Smith Sr. to the Michigan State vs. Michigan basketball game. Tre'Von Smith, who is 14 years old and has autism, enjoys playing the NCAA football video game and always plays with Sparty under the mascot game option. It was a dream came true for Tre'Von Smith when he got a chance to meet Sparty in person.
"I've never seen Tre'Von so happy in life," Smith Jr. said. "None of us have ever seen him that happy. He almost tackled Sparty he was running so fast to give him a hug. It's a moment in my life I know he'll never forget. I know I'll never forget that moment. It was a very special moment for everyone."
During Smith's visit Dantonio and his staff gave Smith and his family a very warm welcome.
"I went down there for visit and coach Dantonio pulled me aside and offered me," Smith Jr. said. "They offered me as defensive tackle and I got chance to meet with all the coaches that were in the room with him."
The 6-foot-3 274-pound Smith Jr. describes himself as a "very aggressive player, and I love to use my hands." Smith holds additional offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, N.C. State, Illinois, Indiana and a host of MAC schools. Everyone is even with Smith Jr., but the Irish have been recruiting Smith the hardest and have been the most consistent with him. There is a 95 percent chance that Smith will make his commitment before his senior year. Smith Jr. has been keeping contact with MSU's Dan Roushar, and Narduzzi.
"I've got hand written letters from both Roushar and Narudzzi," Smith Jr. said. "I've been talking with coach Roushar the longest, but I've been talking to both Narduzzi and Roushar on Facebook. Coach Roushar has been in attendance at some of my 6AM workouts."
Smith camped at Michigan State going into his sophomore season and was impressed with the Spartans then. On his most recent visit to Michigan State the student section caught Smith off guard and he was very impressed with MSU's basketball team. Smith Jr. is planning to be back in East Lansing this spring for spring practice.
"It was an amazing visit, Smith Jr. said. "I've never seen a student section like that. They were full of energy and just crazy. The student section was just crazy with all the little things they were doing. The fans never stopped cheering. Michigan State purely dominated all game. An amazing atmosphere to be a part of."
Mount Carmel high school is the same high school former MSU offensive lineman, Arthur Ray Jr. attended. Ray graduated from MSU and transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO to finish his college career, and pursue a degree in Sports Administration. Arthur Ray Jr's story of overcoming cancer and playing college football is an inspiration to everyone at Mount Carmel high school. Smith Jr. got a change to speak with Arthur Ray Jr. and hear first hand what it was like as a Spartans during his time at Michigan State. Smith Jr. believed in what all the Michigan State coaches told him earlier this week during his visit.
"All the coaches there showed me that Michigan State is about family," Smith Jr. said. "All the coaches were truly genuine, and after talking to Arthur I know where he is coming from even more now. You can tell they're all being honest with you, and really care about you."
Smith Jr. and Arthur Ray Jr. are planning on training together this summer.
This post was edited by Sean Scherer 14 months ago
Great story. Hope he commits!
A man's gotta eat!
Sparty should send recruiting letters to the brother...that would be cool!!
Bump. This is such a great story, it deserves to stay up top.
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Sparty's a boss.
Thank you, Denicos.
Awesome story. Have to believe something like that could end up being the difference in him deciding to commit to MSU. Might be a first that a player committed to a school because his Autistic brother loved the mascot but it would be a very cool story.
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Really cool story.
"If you're worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with 'em."
If it happens, it will not be a story of a player committing to a school because his brother loved the mascot; it will be a story of a player committing to a school because of love for his brother, and a desire to make him happy for 4 years (or a lifetime).
For that reason alone, I hope Enoch commits to MSU. C'mon down, young man; I feel confident in promising you that you won't regret it. Ever.
He sounds like a Spartan already!
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Before you ask, yes, I am a girl.
Actually, I hope this kid makes the decision that's right for him, and yes I hope that is MSU because it would make it that much better– he was sold on MSU because of MSU, and oh yeah, as a side HUGE benefit...
Awesome story. It's nice to read stories like this. As a father of a son with high functioning autism this story really hits home in a good way.
Michigan State lands commit No. 2 on Saturday.
This post was edited by Dan Kilbridge 12 months ago
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