National Signing Day can feel overwhelming at times, with a flood of new names and faces entering college football all at once. In the collection of high school seniors, you get a few unique names, like Kobe Buffalomeat.
Illinois State announced the addition of Kobe Buffalomeat to its 2017 recruiting class on Twitter. The name drew attention, but so should the player.
The 6-foot-7, 285 pound offensive lineman from Lawrence, Kansas has the potential to be the kind of FCS talent that can eventually make it to the next level. The Illinois State staff knows its a project that will require Buffalomeat filling out that his frame, but the building blocks are there for him to have a successful career down the line.
"He has some work to do in the weight room, continue development, but we think he could be a very special player," Illinois State recruiting coordinator Lamar Conrad said. "You just can't coach that kind of size and attitude."
Buffalomeat walked away from football for a couple years after joining the program at Lawrence High School as a freshman but continued to play basketball. The football coach convinced him to return to the gridiron in 2016, and now he'll have a chance to continue a path in football at Illinois State.
Check out some of his high school highlights, via Illinois State: