4-Star Enoch Smith, Jr. and Top Recruits to Watch on ESPN Friday Night
Defensive tackle Enoch Smith, Jr. will get his shot to display his skill set on a national platform this Friday. His Mount Carmel (Illinois) High School team will take on St. Rita (Illinois) at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.
Although Smith will be the big name coming into the game, several other players will be looking to showcase their talent. The Caravan have a 4-0 football team that features several other players who are bonafide prospects.
St. Rita will host Mount Carmel in Chicago, and do not feel sorry for the Mustangs. They're also 4-0 and have a pair of recruits who are committed to solid programs.
Matt Byrne, OL—St. Rita (2014)
Although he is a non-rated offensive lineman, Matt Byrne will be in charge of anchoring a Mustang offensive front versus a talented defensive line unit of Mount Carmel.
Byrne is 6'4", 290 pounds and brings his lunchpail and hard-hat to work every night. He has a great motor, knows how to use his size and solid strength at the point of attack and has the ability to be a mauler on running plays.
If St. Rita's offense is to have any success on Friday night, Byrne will have to play a key role in moving Mount Carmel's defensive linemen off their marks.
He has offers from Western Michigan and Central Michigan, per 247Sports.
Deontae Brown, S—Mount Carmel (2014)
The Caravan's secondary will be led by 2-star Deontae Brown. At 6'1" and 195 pounds, Brown has good size for a defensive back, and also shows impressive range.
He displays good ball-location skills, athleticism and is most comfortable on top of the defense. Brown has a knack for seeing things develop and firing to the ball to make a stop. The Western Michigan commit looks like a potential diamond-in-the-rough prospect.
If he has a big game on Friday, he could see a few BCS schools show him more love.
Lamar Dawson, CB—St. Rita (2014)
Lamar Dawson is a 3-star cornerback for the Mustangs who plays with the mentality of a linebacker. He is tough, physical, smart and instinctive on the field.
Dawson, who is 6'0" and 190 pounds, has solid strength to press in man-coverage, but also has the intelligence and anticipation to factor in zone schemes. He shows a willingness to squeeze from the perimeter on running plays, and has adequate straight-line speed.
He is committed to Syracuse, where it wouldn't be shocking to see him develop into a safety. Dawson will have to have a big game for St. Rita to stay unbeaten on Friday night.
Nathan Oquendo, OL—Mount Carmel (2014)
Mount Carmel's offensive line will be led by 2-star blocker Nathan Oquendo. Although he is undersized, as he barely reaches the 6'2" mark, the 290-pounder has the kind of mentality and physical demeanor that offensive line coaches love.
Oquendo, who can play center or guard, has good quickness to get out of his stance and plays a little bigger than his listed size at the point of attack. He flashes a powerful punch, can anchor versus massive rushers and has the leg-drive to move his targets out of alleys.
Keep an eye on Oquendo during this game, as you will be watching an underrated player. He has an offer from Purdue, according to 247Sports.
Tommy Mister, RB/S—St. Rita (2014)
A 3-star prospect, Tommy Mister will command respect on the field on Friday night. He will do his damage on offense as a running back, as he is a straight-line runner who has deceptive power.
Mister, who is 6'2" and 185 pounds, has a long and lean frame that leads defenses to think he's a receiver or at least a shifty running back. However, he routinely takes hand offs and slams into holes at straight angles with force.
He displays solid speed after a good burst, plus Mister has above-average instincts. He is committed to Iowa State. Do not be shocked to see Mister in the secondary.
Matt Domer, RB—Mount Carmel (2014)
Mount Carmel's offense will certainly rely heavily on the legs of 3-star running back Matt Domer. The Chicago native is a tough runner who doesn't back down from anyone.
At 6'0" and 180 pounds, Domer has solid vision, good strength and the lateral quickness to skate to holes and burst upfield. He can doesn't panic when in traffic, can carry a defender for a few extra yards after contact and has above-average speed in the open field.
It would not be surprising to see the Caravan coaches to get Domer involved in the passing game on Friday night, as the Illinois commit flashes adequate hands.
Steven Richardson, DT—Mount Carmel (2014)
Half of an imposing defensive tackle tandem for Mount Carmel, 3-star prospect Steven Richardson will factor into St. Rita's game plan.
He is a stout 6'0", 285-pounder who has good explosiveness at the snap. Richardson can powerfully fire off the ball, anchor in the trenches and make a mess. He will push pocket as a rusher, as his ability to convert speed into power is above-average.
Richardson's toughness infuses energy into the rest of the Caravan's defense, which is just one of the reasons why the coaching staff at Minnesota is likely excited to have him committed.
Enoch Smith, Jr., DT—Mount Carmel (2014)
Smith, who is 6'2" and 270 pounds, has a game that is centered around his strength and power. He exhibits adequate quickness at the snap, but has the ability to use his hands to get under an offensive lineman's pads and walk them into the backfield.
St. Rita's offensive line will have some problems with Smith during the course of this game.
He can quickly read plays, anchor when the ball is coming at him or use his solid athleticism to pursue laterally down the line. Smith is the top name playing into this contest, and the Michigan State commit should not disappoint.