Cole Kmet didn’t need a final visit before making a commitment.
Plans had been in place for the four-star junior tight end from Arlington Heights, Ill., to see Ohio State later this month then weighing the Buckeyes against Notre Dame for a final choice. Instead Kmet announced a commitment to the Irish on Friday morning, scuttling the Ohio State visit.
“Thanks to all my family and teammates,” Kmet posted on Twitter. I have decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame!”
Kmet chose Notre Dame over scholarship offers from Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Visits to South Bend piled up, starting during spring practice. Kmet returned for Irish Invasion camp, after which he scored a scholarship offer. He and his family visited again for the season opener against Texas.
Seeing campus on game day carried weight.
“I wasn’t’t expecting it to be like that,” Kmet told Irish Illustrated. “I was expecting it to be fun and cool but it was just unbelievable. That was the first Notre Dame game I’ve ever been to. It was just unbelievable. I’ve never been to anything like that.”
Kmet joins four-star tight end Brock Wright in Notre Dame’s haul for the Class of 2017 and likely rounds out recruiting at the position.
Scout.com ranks Kmet the No. 171 prospect overall in its Class of 2017 rankings. Wright (62), offensive tackle Josh Lugg (102) and offensive guard Dillan Gibbons (295) are also in those rankings.