- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
The game was never in doubt for Purdue in its opener against Eastern Kentucky, but that did not stop the Boilermakers fans from providing a great atmosphere, which left an impression on one big 2014 target.
Enoch Smith (Chicago/Mount Carmel) made a visit to Purdue on Saturday, and he was very impressed with the passion of the fans in West Lafayette.
“It was a really great atmosphere. The fans were involved even though it was a blowout. They were engaged, and I was having a good time,” the 2014 defensive tackle said.
“… That is a major plus. When you go around to school you want to see how fans react the team playing. The band was playing great music, and I believe they had a guy from the army doing pushups.”
It was the second time Smith made it to Purdue’s campus. He visited the Boilermakers during the summer.
Assistant Kevin Maurice showed Smith around for the most part on Saturday, but Smith also had a chance to talk with the person who could be his coach in a few years. Smith spoke briefly with Boilermakers coach Danny Hope.
“He told me he was glad to see me and happy for me to come down and happy I enjoyed myself, Smith said. “He told me he wants me to be a Boilermaker, told me to take my time and enjoy myself [with the recruiting process].”
Purdue is one of eight offers for Smith. Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Toledo and Western Michigan have also tendered scholarships.
Smith is not positive as to when he will make his next visit, but he hopes to make it back for Purdue’s homecoming game against Wisconsin on Oct. 13. The week before that on Oct. 6, Smith wants to make it to Soldier Field for when Notre Dame plays Miami (Fla.) in a neutral site game.
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