Four-star TE Smythe Breaks Down Final 3

Former Texas commit Durham Smythe, a four-star tight end from Belton (Texas) High, has three schools remaining on his list and he broke down each of them for FOXSportsNEXT.

Since deommitting from Texas five weeks ago, Belton (Texas) High tight end Durham Smythe has spent his time looking for a strong mix of academics and athletics.

He found it, but is yet to settle on a school.

However, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Smythe said his final three schools possesses the academic and athletic combination he desires, and now it is a matter of researching each one a little more and making a decision.

"I've trimmed it down to my top three," Smythe said. "It is Stanford, which I already visited, Michigan, which I will visit next weekend, and then I'll visit Notre Dame officially the weekend of Feb. 1.

"I've really been looking for schools that are great universities academically and at the same time have a great football program, which is kind of hard to find these days. In my three finalists, I think I found them in each of us."

Smythe visited Stanford last weekend, and after a rest at home this weekend will close his recruitment with visits on the final two recruiting weekend before Feb. 6 signing day.

"As far as Michigan, their coaching staff has been great," Smythe said. "I've been in contact with them quite a bit recently. I don't know too much about the program, besides the tradition. Other than that, it's about the same as the common person would know, so I'm excited to go up there, look around up there and kind of get a feel for it."

The Wolverines certainly are showing plenty of interest in Smythe. His recruiting coach, assistant Darrell Funk, was at his school Wednesday, and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno is set to visit Monday.

Smythe also has been in contact with Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

"(Funk) came down and he's a great guy," Smythe said. "He got to meet my parents and it was a good time.

"I talked to (Hoke) last Tuesday and he said he was excited. With them going back to a pro-style offense this next year, they need a few tight ends that can produce in that type of system. He said he would be able to tell me a few more things when I'm on the visit."

Smythe's recruiting week will actually begin Sunday when Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker stops in.

The Irish's interest has been around for a while, but there was a long period of non-contact between the two sides until recently.

"Originally, I was very high on (Notre Dame) toward the very beginning of the recruiting process," Smith said. "I committed really early, and they originally offered the day before I committed to Texas, so I didn't have much of a chance to look around with them."

However, Smythe holds Notre Dame in high regard because of his childhood.

"I grew up a Notre Dame fan," he said. "I've always been a big fan. Now that they're back in the process, that's exciting. I've only been up there once, which is the summer going into my sophomore year and that was a three-day camp, which wasn't too thorough as far as seeing everything.

"I'm excited to look around up there. I love that coaching staff through the few times I was able to meet with them, so I'm excited about that."

Smythe re-started his recruitment with the trip to Stanford, and he came away impressed.

"It was a beautiful campus," he said. "I love all the coaches there. They've been in contact with my throughout the whole process. They use their tight ends really well and it's a great school. That was a really good experience."

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