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Michigan Football Recruiting: Durham Smythe Would Add Great Depth at Tight End

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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

Michigan doesn't particularly need 4-star recruit Durham Smythe, but adding him would create great depth at the tight end position.

Smythe, a 6'5", 230-pound Texas native, is ranked as the No. 6 tight end in the 2013 class, according to ESPN (just outside the ESPN 300). After visiting Stanford, he is scheduled to visit Michigan on Jan. 25.

Possessing good height and a solid frame, Smythe has the potential to be a strong pass-catching tight end in college. He has good hands with impressive body control, and he run routes well.

As of now, sophomores Devin Funchess and A.J. Williams appear to have the inside track to starting. Given Michigan's transition to more of a pro-style offense, Funchess would act as the receiver and Williams as the blocker.

Of course, 4-star tight end Jake Butt has committed to Michigan. He's ranked higher than Smythe by ESPN (No. 4 tight end in the class).

So, it's not like the Wolverines are doomed at the position if they don't land Smythe.

Still, adding depth at the position would only make Michigan stronger. Imagine multiple receivers and blockers rotating in and out at the position, giving Devin Gardner a variety of options and protection. That would certainly help with his development under center.

You add the fact that the Wolverines picked up seven 4-star commitments on the offensive line and Gardner would gladly welcome Smythe with open arms.

Funchess led all Michigan tight ends with 15 catches last season. There's also the concern that, beyond Jeremy Gallon, who steps up in the receiving corps for the Wolverines next season?

You can never have enough of a good thing, and adding Smythe to a pro-style offense would just be another feather in Brady Hoke's proverbial cap this recruiting season.


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