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Lions Sign Former OSU Cowboy

March 19, 2020 - National Arena League (NAL) - Columbus Lions News Release

The Columbus Lions signed Enoch Smith Jr. on Sunday. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Smith played college football at Michigan State, Kennedy King College and Oklahoma State.

In high school, Smith was selected to the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team and was ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.

At Michigan State, Smith spent his first year under a red shirt before making his college debut the following year versus Air Force. Smith made two more appearances that season, versus Maryland and Penn State. He recorded his first career tackle versus Maryland.

Smith then transferred to Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois, where he was listed by 247Sports as the No. 23 JUCO defensive tackle prospect in 2017. He was recruited by Michigan State, Kentucky, Syracuse and Illinois before ultimately choosing Oklahoma State.

In Stillwater, Oklahoma, Smith played in a reserve role his first year for the Cowboys, appearing in 11 games during his 2017 junior season. He finished the season with 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and set a career high of four tackles in a game versus Tulsa.

Smith started nine of the 13 games he appeared in during his 2018 senior season at Oklahoma State. During his senior campaign, the 6-foot-2-inch lineman recorded 30 tackles and three tackles for loss. Oklahoma State was ranked in the Top 20 nationally for sacks, tackles for loss and red zone defense that season, according to Oklahoma State Athletics.

His performance of seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the 2018 Liberty Bowl versus Missouri earned him the honor as Defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl.

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