Cats check in on Kemp

Cats check in on Kemp

Three-star Deland (Fla.) High School running back JoJo Kemp says he's got one more official visit on the schedule before sitting down to work out the pros and cons of his final college choices.

Three-star Deland (Fla.) High School running back JoJo Kemp says he's got one more official visit on the schedule before sitting down to work out the pros and cons of his final college choices.

"I'll be going to (South Florida) tomorrow," Kemp said late Thursday night. "That will probably be my last visit, then I'll sit down with my family and a piece of paper to write down all the pros and cons of the schools I'm looking at."

With national signing day less than two weeks away, those schools are Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and South Florida.

"No leader yet," Kemp said, "but I'm starting to feel more confident about it. I have a decent idea in my mind, but I don't really want to say much about it yet until I take this last visit."

Kemp said he wants to give South Florida a "fair chance" because the Bulls were the program that he originally committed to and "I have a lot of respect for the coaches."

That relationship is also strong between Kemp and the Pitt coaches. He said the Panthers' offensive system and ability to develop running backs also makes a strong case for them.

Even though he was unable to make a planned visit to Tennessee, Kemp says he's still considering the Volunteers, but it's unclear how UT stacks up against the three schools with whom he's making official visits.

Kemp was in Lexington on Jan. 11 and says the official visit with the Wildcats "went great. I really enjoyed the atmosphere up there."

"I got to talk to coach (Chad) Scott again yesterday," Kemp said of UK's new running backs coach. "We've been able to build a real good relationship. He's real easy to talk about other stuff, not just football. I like that."

Scott did have an important football question for Kemp, though.

"He wanted to know if I was ready to do it, ready to commit," Kemp said with a laugh. "It wasn't any pressure or anything, but he just let me know that I'm the guy they want."

Asked what kind of criteria he'll be using when he lists his pros and cons and picks a college home, Kemp said: "The family atmosphere. The coaches. The system and how it fits my style of play. How close it is to home and how often my family can see me play. The weather. Stuff like that."

When noted it sounds like there's a couple of pros and cons on that list for UK, Kemp added: "Yeah. But more good things. I've got to put it all together and find the best fit for me."

Kemp (5-11, 190, 4.55) rushed for 1,464 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at Deland. He was a first-team Class 8A all-state selection in Florida.

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