Smythe Ready for Junior Days

Belton, Texas tight end Durham Smythe is a name that is quickly becoming well known in the Lone Star State.

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The 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect has landed on the radar of several teams in the south and even the far west and could be picking up his first offer within days. For now, Smythe is receiving strong interest from the likes of TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Stanford and Oklahoma to name but a few.

"I've talked the most to TCU, Texas and Stanford, I'm just now starting talks with the likes of Texas A&M, Oklahoma and other schools. I wouldn't say it's for sure because I don't want to get ahead of myself or anything, but I'm confident the three schools that have talked to me the most will do that(offer)," Smythe said.

Smythe will begin visiting his tour of select campuses in the following weeks as he takes in several junior days. Up first is a drive north to Ft. Worth to check out TCU's junior day.

"Earlier today I was invited to the junior day on Saturday and they said there's only going to be a handful of people going and I will be attending," Smythe said.

For TCU, they could have a benefit of being the first team to start recruiting Smythe, when receivers coach Trey Haverty discovered him prior to his junior season.

"Probably longer than anyone else, he (Trey Haverty) started coming by the school before our season got rolling," he said of his recruitment from TCU. "He was definitely the first one to start coming by the school and I definitely respect that."

Following his junior day visit to TCU on Saturday, Smythe will head to Texas on Sunday and A&M in a few weeks for junior days. An unofficial visit to Stanford and Oklahoma is also in the works.

"I don't have any offers right now but I have a bunch of junior days scheduled so hopefully that will pick up in the next couple of weeks," Smythe said. "Texas on Sunday, A&M on the 18th and I've been talking with Stanford, I will be up there for an unofficial visit on the 1st and 2nd of March. I think I'm going to try to get to Oklahoma for some of their spring practices because I won't be able to make it to their junior day."

Smythe didn't have a favorite team growing up, but a group of teams he rooted for. While it's still early and he admits things could always change, there are a few teams standing out.

"It's weird, growing up I really didn't have a favorite team, it was more of a pack that was leading the way that I was interested in and at the top of the list at this time at least because I haven't visited anywhere yet so obviously this could change but at the top of the list is Texas, TCU, Stanford and Notre Dame," he said. "With all of the schools, I like to first base my interest on academics and then the athletic program. Both obviously play a large role.

"With Texas, I think it's a fantastic school. I was actually talking to Coach Brown not too long ago and he was telling me about the doctors who have come through under him and I thought that has interesting. Obviously the program is very prestigious also."

Along with his thoughts on Texas, Smythe says there's plenty to like about TCU as well.

"It's a very good school, it's not an overall small environment because it's in Ft. Worth but the school is a smaller environment and I do like that about it. It would be more personable education wise and athletically," he said of TCU. "I also like that they are moving to the Big 12, that plays a large role in that. I like all of those things."

One factor that could come into play is Smythe's relationship with Texas quarterback David Ash, who also played for Belton. While outsiders may think that could be the deciding factor, Smythe is quick to point out that it won't play too big of a role.

"It does, I wouldn't say it plays a large role in my decision but I'm pretty good friends with David. I've talked to him through this process. My sophomore year I was on varsity and his senior year we got to become pretty good friends," Smythe said of his relationship with the Longhorn quarterback. "That plays a part, it's good having someone I can talk to that's been through this before. Other than that it won't play a huge role in my decision."

Smythe hopes to have his college destination decided by late March or early April after taking his visits. He didn't rule out the possibility of a commitment in the near future if he is impressed with any of his visits.

"Not an exact date but I have thought about it recently," Smythe said of a decision. "I don't plan on being one of those people that drags it out,"

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