Versatile Canadian defender Enock Makonzo has opted to turn professional, according to TSN reporter Dave Naylor.
Makonzo could have played one more season of university football by using the NCAA’s eligibility extension granted for all athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the LaChine, QC native wants to move on.
The five-foot-11, 195-pound defender made 3DownNation draft guru J.C. Abbott’s 2021 NCAA All-Canadian defensive first-team:
There were plenty of tough choices when assembling the All-Canadian teams, but Makonzo as the flex defender was not one of them. The very definition of versatility, the Chants’ most underrated player played 216 snaps as an edge defender, 267 as a box linebacker, and added another 193 as a slot corner.
Wherever he was lined up, Makonzo did his job at an extremely high level. The third ranked prospect in the 2022 CFL Draft made 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, produced 11 QB pressures, and allowed just 108 yards passing on 30 targets his way. That earned him a ProFootballFocus grade of 75.9 on the season.
During three seasons at Coastal Carolina University, Makonzo played 27 games while recording 150 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and one pass defended.
Prior to suiting up for the Chanticleers, he played in 18 games recording 105 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks over two years at New Mexico Military Institute in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
The CEGEP du Vieux Montreal product graduated from Coastal Carolina in December with a bachelor’s degree in business management.