Kmet achieves Irish offer goal

Four-star junior tight end Cole Kmet realized what it would take to score a Notre Dame offer in the spring. He achieved that goal at the Irish Invasion.

Three months ago Cole Kmet realized what it would take to score a Notre Dame offer.

The junior tight end from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., watched from the sidelines back then as the Irish went through spring practice. He tracked tight ends coach Scott Booker and how he taught the position.

“I watched them the whole time,” Kmet said. “It was really awesome to see how they use their tight ends in every way possible — flexed out, they have them as a wide out, on the line and in the backfield. It was really cool to see. I was able to take some stuff I needed to work on like my blocking technique and getting off the ball faster.”

Progress is something the 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect planned to show during the summer camp circuit.

Northwestern, Ohio State and Notre Dame all hosted Kmet in June. He wrapped up that swing with a stop at the Irish Invasion, where he worked out alongside fellow four-star prospect Brock Wright.

Wright already held an offer and committed to the Irish last week. Booker and associate head coach Mike Denbrock followed up with Kmet the week after the Irish Invasion and gave the Chicagoland prospect a chance to follow Wright into the commitment column.

“I actually called coach Booker and we talked about our summers for a little bit,” Kmet said. “Then coach Denbrock joined in the call and he’s the one that offered me. It went really well. They were talking about how they want me and Brock Wright to be the dual threat tight end.”

Kmet and Wright have stayed in touch since the Irish Invasion. That’s how Booker and Denbrock want it, with plans to pass on the tight end position this cycle.

“That’s what they told me,” Kmet said. “They said they don’t plan on taking anyone from 2016 and they don’t plan on offering any other 2017 tight ends. They really want me and Brock together and that’s their goal.”

Kmet says Notre Dame now sits “near the top of the list,” but there are other contenders. He’s looking closely at Northwestern, Ohio State, Baylor and Iowa.

Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Toledo have also offered.

Next up in the process is a potential Baylor visit later this month. Otherwise, Kmet plans to let the process work itself out for now.

“I’m comfortable playing it out but I’m also not afraid to do it early if I feel like something’s right,” Kmet said. “I feel comfortable doing it.”


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