Michigan Wolverines’ 4-star tight end target Durham Smythe picked Notre Dame prior to his Feb. 1 visit to Ann Arbor.
The recruit announced the news on Jan. 27 following his official visit and weekend trip to South Bend over the weekend (via Twitter):
Smythe (@D_Smythe88) January 27, 2013
Obviously he had seen all he needed to while being shown around the Indiana college town in order to make his decision and forego even giving Brady Hoke the chance to wine and dine him.
But what does losing Smythe mean for the Wolverines' recruiting class?
In the end, it might not end up mattering too much.
At 6’6” and 230 pounds Smythe is a beast of a tight end. Not only would he have provided the future quarterback of the Wolverines with a top receiving option, he would have also given them a big component of their running game, too.
He’s believed to be a great run blocker and an even better pass catcher—the true total package. Players usually fall short at the position because they are unable to deliver in one area or the other, but he seems to be set to succeed in both arenas.
For the Wolverines, losing him doesn’t mean too much. Their recruiting class has impressed, garnering 27 total commitments. That includes one 5-star talent, 17 4-star recruits and eight 3-star commits.
Of those commitments, the team has gotten deeper in the trenches, most notably along its offensive line. OG Kyle Bosch (No. 87) and OT Logan Tuley-Tillman (No. 167) were rated in 247 Sports’ Top 200 prospects list.
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While the Wolverines succeeded on the offensive line, they weren't relying on Smythe's commitment, either.
The Wolverines had an Ohio product, 4-star TE Jake Butt, on board early on and were anticipating him developing into a very capable tight end for the team. Like Smythe, Butt is 6’6” and an imposing physical presence on the offensive line. He was listed as a standout for his performance during All-American Army Bowl practices in early January.
The already talented Wolverines are restocked and reloaded to head into the 2013 season with hopes of competing for the Big Ten championship. Smythe’s snub won’t end up hurting the team too much in the grand scheme of things, although he would have been a nice addition for Hoke's already impressive class.
Besides, high school recruits are never a sure thing. That's been evident with the large amount of decommitments during this recruiting season.
*All recruit and team recruiting rankings information was obtained from 247Sports.com.