Notre Dame Fighting Irish Nab 23rd Commitment in Tight End Durham Smythe

By Rick Stavig
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished up a huge recruiting weekend with some good news; the Irish received their 23rd verbal commitment in tight end Durham Smythe from Belton, Texas.

Notre Dame went into the weekend with two open slots in their class of 2013, and played host for four official visits.  Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was the biggest name to visit South Bend this weekend, and has indicated that he won’t be doing any more interviews until National Signing Day.  Irish head coach Brian Kelly will be making his in-home visit with the star lineman from Placer, California sometime during this week.

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, from Redlands, California, has told reporters in the aftermath of his visit that he has much to ponder, and the Irish are certainly in the mix for his services.  He’ll be going on an official visit to see the Utah Utes this weekend, then will announce on NSD.  Kelly will also be making his in-home visit with Fitts this week.

Outside linebacker Deon Hollins was the longshot this weekend, and Irish coaches believe they made up some ground for the Missouri City (TX) product.  Hollins is a UCLA Bruins commit, but inside sources within the Irish feel Notre Dame is neck and neck with the Bruins for the young pass rusher.  Hollins has indicated he’s not sure when he’ll be making his final decision, but it should be a close race between the two teams.

And last but not least was Smythe.  The young tight end was viewed as the most likely to commit this weekend, and that came to fruition yesterday when he told Irish coaches he was on board.  Smythe grew up an Irish fan, but was actually committed to the Texas Longhorns for most of the recruiting process.  After a coaching change up in Austin, Smythe decided to re-open his recruitment.  The Irish beat out the Stanford Cardinal and Michigan Wolverines for the 6’6” 230 pounder.

So that leaves one open spot in this class, and a small handful of candidates.  Ideally, the Irish would take Vanderdoes to fill that last spot.  But either Hollins or Fitts would be excellent players to get as well.

With just a little more than one week until Signing Day, College Football Recruiting is beginning to hit a fever pitch.

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