Cole Kmet recently received a letter from Iowa. In it, Head Coach Kirk Ferentz stated that the Hawkeyes were interested in him and invited him to camp with them this summer.
Kmet filed away the correspondence with similar ones from other schools. A camp proposal often indicates the program desires attendance at its event as the next step before offering a scholarship.
Iowa Assistant Brian Ferentz, the head coach’s son, visited Arlington Heights (IL) St. Viator High on Wednesday. He spoke with Lions coach Brandon New and Kmet, who saw it as another building block in their relationship.
Kmet headed off to baseball practice after school. The three-sport standout planned to work on his game before heading home for dinner and school work. It was unaware of the good news regarding his future.
"At the end of the school day, (the Hawkeyes) told my coach (New) that they wanted to offer me. I actually didn’t find out until after baseball practice. Right after practice, Coach New came out and told me. I was very excited," the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder said.
Since receiving the letter from Kirk Ferentz, Kmet researched the Hawkeyes.
"They have produced a lot of great tight ends and have a great tradition there. I was actually up there over the summer for a baseball tournament and I loved the atmosphere," he said.
Kmet comes from rich football bloodlines. His father, Frank Kmet, is a Purdue and NFL alumnus. His uncle, Jeff Zgonina, is a Boilermaker with a 17-year NFL career before retirement.
Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina also have reportedly offered scholarships to the young Kmet. Illinois, Indiana and Notre Dame are among the schools having shown interest.
"I haven’t scheduled any summer camps or visits yet, but I know we are going to make a visit up (to Iowa) during the summer, for sure," he said. "I’m looking for a place that has great academics, tradition, and a place kind of like my high school, which is a close knit community."
With half of his high school career left to be played, Kmet is taking his time with the recruiting process.
"I’m trying to enjoy it. Knowing I have time is big for me because I know I can take my time in finding what school fits best for me," he said.
While he hasn’t set up any summer trips, Kmet has a list go schools he liked to visit in addition to Iowa.
"I might be seeing Ohio State, Notre Dame, Louisville and Baylor. I will try to get out east to visit North Carolina and Duke as well," he said.