Durham Smythe officially ended the back and forth Wednesday. Belton's 6-foot-6, 230-pund senior tight end chose the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on National Signing Day. 

Smythe had committed to the University of Texas in May. But, after taking the bulk of his visits, he changed his commitment to the Irish.

Smythe said he would advise all recruits to make all of their visits before choosing their respective colleges, but added he had few regrets about his decisions. 

Also choosing their spots were Kyle Battle and Wolf Mahler. Battle, a defensive back, choose to go to the Naval Academy and relished the chance to play his former teammate, Smythe, when the Midshipmen play the Irish. 

Mahler, meanwhile, chose the Longhorns. Mahler, a decathlete, said he choose Texas because it gave him a chance to also focus on his singing and songwriting career. 

Also signing or choosing colleges Wednesday at the Belton Fieldhouse were quarterback  Peter Shelburne, offensive lineman Austin Farr, defensive back Ben Munoz, wide receiver Derick Bates and linebacker Ryan Stinson. 

Shelburne took a preferred walk-on opportunity at Rice, Bates signed with Trinity Valley Community College, Austin Farr signed with Midwestern State, Munoz will attend Southwestern in Georgetown and Stinson will play for UMHB. 

Contact Nick Talbot at ntalbot@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7569

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