Durham Smythe Decommits: Where Do Texas Longhorns Turn After Losing 4-Star TE?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 13, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Texas Longhorns have lost the commitment of 4-star tight end Durham Smythe.

Smythe checks in at 6'5'', 233 pounds, which is good size for a tight end out of high school, but even more impressive is that 247Sports has him listed as running a 4.75-second 40-yard dash—which is good speed for a player of his size

He's also ranked as the No. 14 tight end in this recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Here's the report on the news, via 247Sports, citing Bobby Burton of Hookem.com:

Texas lost a four-star commitment Wednesday when tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas) backed out of his pledge to the Longhorns.

Durham High head coach Rodney Southern confirmed the news to Bobby Burton of Hookem.com.

Southern said that Smythe called Texas defensive coordinator and area recruiter Manny Diaz and informed him of his decision. Recently-departed offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was originally his recruiter. Harsin accepted the head coaching position at Arkansas State on Tuesday.

Any decommitment is a bad decommitment, but when you factor in that Smythe will go down as Texas' fourth lost commitment of this cycle (per 247Sports), that makes Smythe's decision even worse for the Longhorns.

Mack Brown and his staff need to bounce back. Thankfully for Texas, there are still plenty of options.

Brown's current 2013 class now just features 13 recruits, but one of them is another tight end in 3-star JUCO recruit Geoff Swaim. He alone alleviates the immediate need to hurry out and recruit another player at the position, and when you consider that their current depth chart, via Rivals.com, features four tight ends (two underclassmen), Texas should be okay at the position for now.

There are still a few highly-ranked recruits out there with interest in the Longhorns program, so that's where the focus should be from here on out.

Andrew Billings, a 4-star defensive tackle from Waco, Texas has the Longhorns in his top two along with Baylor (247Sports), so he's a major name Texas fans will want to know. He's 6'1'', 315 pounds and runs a 4.90-second 40-yard dash according to 247Sports, so being able to lure him in over Baylor would be a big win for Brown and his staff. He has a terrific blend of size and speed, and he could very well be a dominant defensive tackle at the college level.

Landing him would be a big win for Texas, and frankly, it's a recruiting win they need at this point.

Other notable recruits with interest in Texas include 4-star JUCO offensive tackle Desmond Harrison—who's the No. 2 JUCO offensive tackle in the class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings—and 4-star JUCO weak-side defensive end Za'Darius Smith (No. 2 JUCO WDE recruit according to 247sports composite rankings).

Harrison has Texas in his top six, while Smith has the Longhorns in his top five (both according to 247Sports), and they would both be great pickups for Brown and his staff.

Watching four recruits decommit from a class is never a good thing, but it's not time to panic in Austin just yet.

There are still some very good recruits left on the board for Texas.

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