Notre Dame hauled in two tight ends in its class of 2013. Florida native Mike Heuerman committed to the Irish in April 2012 and enrolled early.
Durham Smythe, meanwhile, didn’t pledge to the Irish until late January 2013. So even though the two tight ends were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, at their position in the class of 2013, it seems Smythe didn’t begin his Notre Dame career with loaded expectations.
Heading into 2013, however, Smythe is the one who seems ready to shoot onto the scene. Irish head coach Brian Kelly said as much during spring practice.
“I really thought that Durham Smythe had a really good spring,” Kelly said after the Blue-Gold Game. “He's an in-line blocker. I think he's accomplished in the sense that the game comes pretty easy to him and as an in-line blocker from a technique standpoint; he picks up things very well. Got good hands, body awareness and he's got good size.
“I really think he's going to be a key contributor for us in the fall.”
A surprising fall could be in order for Smythe, who did not play as a true freshman.