Texas has suffered from a lack of production at tight end for several seasons, primarily because of a switch in offensively philosophy. The current group is starting to spread its wings, however.
Texas did not sign a tight end in the 2012 class and was in dire need of getting one in 2013. The Longhorns got their man with the commitment of Belton's Durham Smythe.
The tight end position has been a hot commodity for college coaches. And for the class of 2013, no tight end in Texas is better than Durham Smythe.
Texas has 14 commitments for the 2013 class. Here are a few targets to keep an eye on this football season.
So their resumes are slightly different, but Texas TE commit Geoff Swaim has followed a similar under-the-radar path as NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Geoff Swaim, a tight end from Butte (Calif.) College, has committed to Texas. He is the Longhorns' 15th commitment in the 2013 class.
When Thursday ended, Durham Smythe was a Longhorn. The Watch List tight end went through a whirlwind to make his decision.
Numbers will dictate that Texas bring in a smaller 2013 class, so the Longhorns will focus on needs, one of which is tight end.
Converted from wide receiver, Vincent Hobbs is still learning to be a tight end. He might just continue that education as a Longhorn.
Blaine Irby spent nearly three years recovering from a terrible knee injury, but the tight end made an impact with his return in 2011.
Tight end D.J. Grant was an unknown commodity, even to his teammates. After his three touchdown catches against UCLA, people might remember him.