On Tuesday afternoon, Jeff Howe of Hookem.com reported on Twitter that TE Durham Smythe has decommitted from the Texas Longhorns. Here is the tweet from Jeff Howe:
It’s been rumored for quite some time that Durham Smythe was considering decommitting from the Longhorns but Durham quickly dismissed those rumors. Apparently losing Bryan Harsin to Arkansas State was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He is now considering Stanford and Notre Dame. According to Max Olsen of ESPN’s Hornsnation, he is not considering the Texas Longhorns.
Losing commits this late in the season is never good. I have rarely seen in all my years covering recruits that when a kid decommits, he isn’t coming back. Now the Longhorns already have another tight end committed in this class in JUCO Transfer Greg Swaim but Smythe was one of the best tight end prospects in the state and losing him will hurt. So the Longhorns will go into the 2013 season with Greg Daniels and MJ McFarland at the tight end position as well as Greg Swaim. Also, this might mean the end of the I formation at the University of Texas, at least for the time being until Texas can get some quality offensive lineman that can push defensive players around and make space for the running backs which has been inconsistent all year.