Notre Dame hosted a huge recruiting weekend the last few days and it has already begun to pay dividends for the FIghting Irish. Notre Dame picked up a verbal commitment from tight end Durham Smythe on Sunday.
Smyth, a 6’5″, 230 lbs tight end from Texas, announced the decision on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
After originally committing to Texas last spring, Smythe decommitted form the Longhorns in December and was considering Michigan and Stanford along with Notre Dame before this weekend’s visit to South Bend. That visit, however, was enough to push the Irish ahead of their two rivals in the recruitment of Smythe.
Smythe is the second tight end in this year’s class along with early enrollee Mike Heuerman. Both ESPN and 247 Sports rank Smythe as a 4-star prospect while Rivals has him at 3 stars in their final rankings of the year. Smythe’s offer list is more in line with his rating on ESPN and 247 with offers from Texas, Oregon, Florida, and Georgia on top of those from his three finalists.
Like many recruits brought in by this coaching staff, Smythe offers some versatility as well and could potentially grow into a defensive end if he fills out. For now though, tight end is where he was recruited to an play and given the frequency that Notre Dame uses multiple tight end sets, adding another tight end to this year’s class of Smythe’s caliber is a very welcome addition.
Notre Dame will have Alex Welch, Ben Koyack, Troy Niklas, and Heuerman on campus next year along with Smythe. After next season though, none of the current tight ends on the roster outside of Heuerman or Smythe will have more than one year of eligibility left.
Smythe was originally scheduled to visit Michigan next weekend before committing to Notre Dame on his official visist this weekend.
Notre Dame now has 23 recruits in this year’s class and has room for just one or two more recruits with several very highly rated defensive recruits on the board in Eddie Vanderdoes, Deon Hollins, Kylie Fitts, and Torrodney Prevot. All but Prevot were on campus this weekend with Smythe, but Prevot is set to visit with Notre Dame next weekend.
Here are some highlights from Smythe.