From Moose Krause to Ron Reed, to more recent standouts like Jeff Samardzija and Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame has had a long line of two-sport athletes.
Incoming freshman Cole Kmet looks to add to that long illustrious list. Kmet, a four-star tight end per 247Sports, helped clinch a spot in the state semifinals for his high school (St. Viator, Chicago, IL) baseball team last weekend, as they took home the supersectional title. Kmet struck out nine batters over 5.1 innings in a 13-4 win over Benet Academy. At the dish, he homered and tripled, driving in three. Kmet and St. Viator will take on Marmion Academy this Friday afternoon. St. Viator is looking to repeat as state champs.
"Cole's leadership is as good as I've seen in my lifetime," head coach Mike Manno said. "Either playing college baseball or coaching the past 19 years, I've never seen a kid with that kind of fire. He always puts the team first.”
Kmet definitely sounds like a Notre Dame type a guy, or a “RKG” as Brian Kelly likes to call them.
Once at Notre Dame, Kmet is expected to suit up both on the football field and the ball diamond. Its unknown whether he’d be a pitcher or a position player, but Manno speculates that he’d make a better position player at the college level.
Bonzie Colson Already Getting Some Love
John Gasaway of ESPN Insider recently named his top 25 college basketball players for 2017-18 and Bonzie Colson found himself pretty high on the list. Colson came in at No. 3, only behind Grayson Allen of Duke and incoming freshman Michael Porter Jr...yea, a freshman who has never played a game is somehow already the second best player in the college basketball, but I digress.
Gasaway had the following to say about the 2016 second-team All-American, Colson.
Slew of transfers for Notre Dame Football
Brian Kelly has experienced a number of departures from the Notre Dame football program over the last few days. Transfers and departures are all part of college football throughout all programs, not just Notre Dame.
Linebacker Josh Barajas, offensive linemen Tristan Hoge, offensive linemen Parker Boudreaux, as well as tight end Tyler Luatua have all said their farewell to Notre Dame. We here at OFD have tried to keep you up to date on all the transfer hoopla. Make sure to check it out!
Big weekend for Notre Dame Football
This weekend marks one of the biggest recruiting weekends for Kelly and the Irish. Notre Dame will hold their annual “Irish Invasion” camp, where top recruits from all over the nation will come and showcase their talents for the coaching staff. About 85 high school seniors, juniors, sophomores and one freshman will be in town. A full list of participants can be found here: LIST
Notre Dame has had a history of getting commits at this event. Players such as Te’Von Coney, incoming freshman Jonathon MacCollister, as well as Kmet all gave their word to Notre Dame at the Irish Invasion in the past.