- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Texas’ 2013 recruiting class has suffered another defection.
Four-star tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton) decommitted from the Longhorns on Tuesday. The longtime Texas commit confirmed his decision in a text message to HornsNation.
"I have nothing but respect for the coaches, commits, players and program," Smythe said, "but I had to do what I thought was right for me personally."
Smythe had been committed to Texas since March 8. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end is ranked No. 7 at his position.
The timing of his decision is no coincidence. Smythe’s decision to back out of his pledge was based partially on co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin’s decision to leave Texas and become head coach at Arkansas State, the source said.
Since committing to Texas, Smythe has stayed in touch with Stanford -- the school he originally passed up for UT -- and Notre Dame could also be in the mix. Smythe currently holds more than 15 offers.
The Longhorns do have a commitment from another tight end, Butte (Calf.) College’s Geoff Swaim. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior college transfer is expected to join the program in January.
Texas now has 13 verbal commits for its 2013 class but has added only one pledge - from ESPN 300 Livingston, Texas, athlete -- Chevoski Collins -- since June.