This year, the Fighting Irish utilized the Tight End in several formations. The goal of the Offense was to create mismatches against Safeties and Cornerbacks who could not possibly cover someone of that size. For example, the first play against Alabama featured 3 Tight Ends.
Notre Dame is losing Tyler Eifert to the NFL Draft. With Troy Niklas, Ben Koyack and the Alex Welch returning to the team, Notre Dame needed to add to their depth. They have already done that by adding early enrollee Mike Heuerman. This weekend, during one of largest recruiting visits weekends in recent memory, Notre Dame landed another Tight End who can assist with creating mismatches for the next four years.
On Sunday afternoon, Durham Smythe committed to the University of Notre Dame over Stanford and Michigan. Smythe was originally committed to the University of Texas but backed off of that commitment in December.
Smythe had always been a Notre Dame fan. He had attended the 2006 Sugar Bowl when Notre Dame played LSU. Prior to this visit, he had already been to South Bend. But this time, he and his parents got an in depth look at what the next four years would be like for a Notre Dame football player.
The 3-star Tight End from Belton, Texas checks in at 6’6″ 230. He has a great frame from which to add weight in the future. He eventually will need to add about 20 pounds but he could be ready to go immediately this fall. Most recruiting services have him ranked as a 3-star prospect. Rivals.com has him as the 15th best Tight End in the nation.
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