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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2013.

Belton tight end Durham Smythe has made his choice — again.

After originally committing to Texas last spring, Smythe decommitted from the Longhorns in December and was considering Michigan and Stanford along with Notre Dame before this weekend’s visit to South Bend.  

That visit, however, was enough to push the Fighting Irish ahead of their two rivals in the recruitment of Smythe and he committed, posting the news on his Twitter account.

“Officially committed to the University of Notre Dame! #IrishMob13 #ND,” he tweeted Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Smythe, is the second tight end in this year’s Irish class along with early enrollee Mike Heuerman. ESPN ranks Smythe as a 4-star prospect, while Rivals has him at 3 stars in its final rankings of the year.  Notre Dame has Alex Welch, Ben Koyack, Troy Niklas, and Heuerman at the position along with Smythe. After next season though, none of the current tight ends on the roster outside of Heuerman or Smythe will have more than one year of eligibility left.

Smythe decommitted from the Longhorns after it was announced Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin stepped down to take the head coaching position at Arkansas State. Smythe also had offers from Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma, among others.

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