2017 tight end Cole Kmet commits to Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame has cornered the tight end market in the 2017 recruiting class.

On Friday, junior tight end Cole Kmet added to the Irish haul. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound recruit announced his verbal commitment on Twitter.

"Thanks to all my family and teammates. I have decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame! #goirish," Kmet wrote.

Kmet became commitment No. 4 in Notre Dame's 2017 class and joined Brock Wright, the top-rated tight end in the country, at the position.

"That's two of the top five tight ends in the country for next year for Notre Dame," said CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

Kmet, a product of Arlington Heights (Ill.) St. Viator, has totaled 18 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns through the first five games of his junior season. He last visited Notre Dame on Sept. 5 for the season opener against Texas. 

"He's the No. 1 player right now in the Chicago area for next year," Lemming said. "He's very athletic."

247Sports slates Kmet as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 tight end in the 2017 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star prospect and No. 10 at the position.

Notre Dame made a push for two tight ends in the 2017 class after missing on a few targets in the 2016 class. The Irish could utilize both Kmet and Wright in the same formation.

"They're two different types of tight ends so they can give Notre Dame a unique look," Lemming said. "Cole is a guy who can split out (as a receiver). Brock is a guy that can be an extra tackle for you."

Thanks to all my family and teammates. I have decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame! #goirishpic.twitter.com/O9R30Io4yb

— Cole Kmet (@ColeKmet) October 2, 2015

Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media about the 2014 football recruiting class. (SBT Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES)