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Texas Land Verbal Commitment From Tight End Durham Smythe

The Texas Longhorns 2013 recruiting class has claimed their 13th commit when tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas) verbally committed to Texas Thursday night. The 6-foot-6 230-pound tight end had offers from 13 schools including every BCS school within the state of Texas, plus offers from Nebraska, Michigan, Florida, Stanford and others.

Here is what Barking Carnival has to say about Smythe:

Soft hands, explosive first step, nice breaks on his routes, and an enthusiastic blocker who uses great feet and hand placement to find his fit and drive defenders. He's comfortable with his hand on the ground or split out on a linebacker or safety. You don't have to watch many highlights to see that he's a natural pass catcher with enough speed to work the deep middle. He gets off the ball quickly - he has a stronger first step than a number of WR prospects I've seen film on in the 2013 class - and that make him tough to jam. Look at the 1:00 thru 1:15 highlights [below] for an idea of what I'm talking about.

The consistently lazy comparison for Smythe is David Thomas, but David was 6-2 205 as a high school senior who didn't hit 225 until his second year of college. Smythe is a natural TE all the way.

Here are highlights of Smythe:

For more Texas recruiting go visit Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For a national view on recruiting make sure to visit SB Nation's recruiting hub.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.