Monday, 04 June 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Belton's 1st Team All-District 12-A tight end Durham Smythe has been chosen to play on the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football.
The team will compete in the IFAF Under-19 World Championship on June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin. The eight-nation tournament is conducted by the International Federation of American Football Players and the coaches will live at the University of Texas in Olympic Village-style accomodations. IFAF is made up of 62 nations spanning six continents .
The U.S. Under-19 team, comprised of America's top high school athletes, will compete against national teams from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama and Sweden.
The 6-6, 230 lb Smythe caught 24 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns as a junior and has verbally committed to the University of Texas where his former Tiger teammate David Ash is quarterback.
Smythe and Round Rock Westwood wide receiver Desmond Wyatt (also considering the Longhorns) join other talented high school players from Florida, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Virginia and other states across the nation.