Cole Kmet showed something new to college coaches this spring without having to run a route.
Since last season the rising junior tight end from Arlington Heights, Ill., has grown a couple inches and added plenty of muscle. Nearly 20 college programs took notice during the spring evaluation period.
“They really liked how I’ve grown a lot since the season,” Kmet said. “I was actually 6-2 during the season. I’ve put on like two-and-a-half inches and about 25 pounds. They like that. They like my blocking capabilities downfield.”
Ohio State, Duke and Michigan State in particular turned up interest. The Buckeyes sent area recruiter Chris Ash and tight ends coach Tim Hinton to see the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect.
Scholarship offers and multiple visits caught Kmet’s attention over the last couple months.
“Obviously the ones that are serious are the ones that are offering,” Kmet said. “Ohio State came in twice. Coach Ash came in the first time then coach Hinton, the tight ends coach, came in the second time to see me. You see stuff like that then you wanting to get a hold of them, that’s a big deal.”
Kmet plans to move the recruiting process along this summer with some camp visits.
“I felt like they were a top notch school with their tight ends that have come out,” Kmet said. “I thought that was a good place for me to go check out and see how I fair at the camp.”
One factor Kmet will consider with Notre Dame and other programs is their history in terms of producing tight ends.
“Going to a place that doesn’t really use tight ends isn’t really going to benefit me,” Kmet said. “Places like Notre Dame that use the tight end so many different ways is really big for me. That’s how I’m used in my high school offense.”
Kmet plans to keep the process open throughout the summer to assess other offers.
“I want to move the process along but I also do wanna see how it goes,” he said. “I’m just letting things play out basically right now.”