Kmet makes Irish think on offering

Junior Cole Kmet put his best foot forward at the Irish Invasion. Now the Midwest tight end must wait on an Irish offer, even with Ohio State already on board.

Cole Kmet got more out of Notre Dame last week than any other summer camp experience.

Before hitting the field for the Irish Invasion, Kmet and several other targets got an in-depth look at the program. It was a strong follow-up for Kmet, a rising junior tight end from Arlington Heights, Ill., who had also made a brief spring stop in South Bend.

“That was really my first insight on it,” Kmet said. “I took a visit there actually two months ago and I just got to see practice, then I had to leave. That was my first real look at it. You got the Notre Dame atmosphere. It’s one of a kind. I liked it, really enjoyed the experience.”

Kmet then took part in the Invasion, which featured a trio of tight ends in the Class of 2017.

Four-star prospect Brock Wright already holds a scholarship offer. Kmet and Matt Dotson, a legacy from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, both worked out to earn one of their own.

Irish coaches gave Kmet positive feedback after the camp. Now he will wait on what comes next.

“They haven’t told me what they wanna do with tight ends in my class,” Kmet said. “But coach (Scott) Booker was talking to me after camp saying they want to take the next step. They were gonna get back to me (this week) and he was really impressed with my performance.”

Kmet felt he showed Booker and others that he could be a viable option.

“The competition was really good,” Kmet said. “You’ve got the best kids from around the country, East Coast, West Coast. I thought I proved to myself why I’m one of the top tight ends in my class. I was able to win all my one-on-one matchups and perform really well in the competition.”

Baylor, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State and Toledo have already offered. Illinois and Indiana are a couple other programs expressing interest.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect added Ohio State earlier this month after camp. Head coach Urban Meyer delivered the news personally.

“That was unbelievable,” Kmet said. “Coach Meyer is one of my favorite coaches. I’ve been watching him since he was at Florida. It was really special to get an offer from them.”

The Irish Invasion likely marked the final camp for Kmet this summer, although there could be more visits in the works. He’d like to see Stanford, then return to Notre Dame and Ohio State for games during the fall.

“I’ve seen all the schools that I’ve really thought about,” Kmet said. “Obviously, I’ll probably make a couple other trips but we’re not really sure where yet. I just need to take my time in picking a school that I like and get ready for the high school season.”


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