March 2, 2012
Ohio QB enjoys visit
Ohio quarterback Kyle Kempt enjoyed his Junior Day visit to Purdue, but he knows if a Boilermaker offer is to come his way, it'll come only after coaches have seen him throw in person.
The evaluation period starts April 15.
"They want to see me throw," said Kempt, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound QB from Massillon, Ohio. "That's kind of the one thing, I feel like, that's keeping them from offering. That's what they've been talking about 'All we want to do is see you throw,' before kind of deciding on what they've seen so far.
"I understand their point-of-view: they're quarterbacks coach (Gary Nord) wants to see me throw in person."
Kempt, however, has a half dozen other offers as of now, including from Indiana, Stanford, Tennessee and West Virginia. He's taken Junior Day visits to two of those schools - Indiana and West Virginia - plus three others: Cincinnati, Illinois and Purdue.
The trip to West Lafayette was his first.
"I was impressed with all the facilities," said Kempt, who wants to major in engineering with a focus in computer science. "They took us around, and I'm impressed with the academics, because I'm huge on academics. I know they have a great engineering program, so that's what I really took away from the visit. I got a chance to talk to coaches, as well."
Kempt's being recruited by Purdue's J.B. Gibboney, but he got a chance to talk to Nord, the offensive coordinator and QBs coach, during his visit.
The Washington High School senior-to-be is looking to keep his recruiting process moving. Kempt would like to get his finalist list down to three or four and perhaps have a decision by the summer.
"Then make kind of one final trip to those schools and give it some thought," said Kempt, who has spring practice visits scheduled to Tennessee, West Virginia and Indiana. "Hopefully, I could make a decision sooner than later and feel good about my decision and have it over with.
"Now days, quarterbacks commit a lot sooner than other positions do. And if a quarterback commits to a certain school, then that school becomes a less viable option. Any quarterback would tell you, you've really got to speed up the recruiting process as a quarterback, so that's kind of the path I'm taking right now."
Kempt, a pro-style quarterback who calls his arm strength and accuracy as two of his best traits, is fairly certain in the criteria he's looking for in a destination school.
"Academics is No. 1 and style of offense is 2," he said. "I'd throw in stability of the coaching staff also, because that's something I look at. And the campus and overall feel of all those things combined. Do I feel like I fit in here? And will this be a good fit for me?"
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