Things have gotten interesting for South Florida RB commit JoJo Kemp.
The three-star prospect committed to South Florida on June 23, but has decided to open his recruitment after reevaluating his situation.
“It’s hard to explain, but my recruitment opened up. The coaches at USF, they know where I stand with them right now. They’re in my top five, but they know I am viewing these other schools. I was mature and I let them know how I feel about things,” the DeLand (Fla.) product said. “USF is still in it, but I wanted to look at my options outside of the state too.”
Prior to his visit to Nebraska on Sept. 28 Kemp had not left the state. “When I visited Nebraska it was my first time flying on a plane. It was the first time I ever left the state and it’s the first time I realized I might like leaving the state.”
Kemp will follow that visit up with an official visit to Morgantown this weekend to see West Virginia take on Kansas State.
“I did a lot of research on West Virginia. I’m going up there with an open mind. I’m going to look at the good and the bad about it see if I want to be there for four years in my life. I’m going to look at community and how the academics is,” he said.
“I know the team is great and I have a chance to play and they’re in the Big 12. I know about the football team and I know they have a great coaching staff so I’m basically going to be looking at the community and the academics.”
In addition to South Florida, Nebraska and West Virginia Kemp says he is seeing heavy interest from Georgia and Kentucky. He plans to set an official visit up to USF for late December or January, but is unsure where he will take his other two officials.
“USF was always there, I think I owe them a chance to get me,” he said of his decision to use and official visit to USF, although he’s seen the Bulls on a number of occasions. “They deserve that. That’s the least I can do. They know it’s a big choice I have to make, probably the biggest in my life.”
As far as the Bulldogs, Kemp says their interest has picked up as of late.
“Georgia came and watched me play last week and he just told my coaches that they really like me. A lot of big schools are coming in so I’m not giving all my visits out too fast,” he explained. “I want to make sure I use my five visits wisely and use them for strictly business to look at these schools really deep.”
With rumors swirling on message boards and in newspapers about possible coaching changes at USF, Kemp expressed his thoughts on wanting a consistent staff throughout his college career.
“A coaching change would affect me a lot. I’ve had three coaches in four years at high school. I don’t think anyone should go through that,” Kemp said.
“If they bring in a new head coach ... I mean I don’t think I would put myself in that predicament again. I don’t want to be on a team with a staff that didn’t recruit me.”