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Durham Smythe was once committed to Texas. He was considered a Stanford lean. He had a trip to Michigan scheduled for next weekend.
On Sunday, he committed to Notre Dame.
Smythe, a four-star prospect, becomes the Irish's 23rd commitment for the class of 2013 and their third tight end prospect of this class.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder gave his word to head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin near the end of his official visit this weekend, our Max Olson reports , and he will look to become the next in line at Tight End U following the departure of record-setter Tyler Eifert. (Eifert's predecessor, Kyle Rudolph, was voted Pro Bowl MVP on Sunday night.)
“I talked to the staff and they’re stacked with three junior tight ends and then I know they have me and Mike,” Smythe told Olson. “They use a lot of tight ends in a way I’m familiar with, so hopefully we can continue that tradition.”
Notre Dame remains No. 3 in ESPN's class of 2013 recruiting rankings , trailing No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Alabama.
Below, we break down the Irish's 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes. The 2013 class features nine ESPN 150 prospects (*), three ESPN300 prospects (**), one five-star commit, 18 four-stars and four three-stars. The class of 2014 consists of four players, all of whom are ESPN Watch List members.
Class of 2013
Five-star OLB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)*
Four-star RB Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca-Delray)*
Four-star ATH Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo)*
Four-star ATH Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa)*
Four-star OL Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo)*
Four-star WR Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper)*
Four-star OT Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West)*
Four-star DE Isaac Rochell (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy)*
Four-star OLB Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)*
Four-star CB Devin Butler (Washington/Gonzaga)**
Four-star QB-DT Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter)**
Four-star TE-Y Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)**
Four-star ATH Rashad Kinlaw (Galloway, N.J./Absegami)
Four-star ATH James Onwualu (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
Four-star OT Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn)
Four-star ILB Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
Four-star OT Steve Elmer (Midland, Mich./Midland)
Four-star TE Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton)
Four-star CB Cole Luke (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton)
Three-star OT John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett)
Three-star WR Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian)
Three-star TE-Y Jacob Matuska (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley)
Three-star WR William Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic)
Class of 2014
Durham Smythe was once committed to Texas. He was considered a Stanford lean. He had a trip to Michigan scheduled for next weekend.On Sunday, he committed to Notre Dame.