Recruiting: Colo. DE Kemp likely to enroll early at U-M

Recruiting: Colo. DE Kemp likely to enroll early at U-M


Recruiting: Colo. DE Kemp likely to enroll early at U-M


Boulder (Colo.) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp

Boulder (Colo.) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp

For the first time since August, Michigan has a new class of 2016 football commitment. Boulder (Colo.) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp is no average player, either. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is the No. 9 weakside defensive end and No. 203 overall prospect nationally, and the top senior in the Centennial State.

“I’m really excited to see what coach Jim Harbaugh is doing at Michigan and I have a great relationship there with the defensive coordinator as well as with coach Greg Mattison,” Kemp said. “It’s been awesome getting to know them and I can’t wait to continue that.”

Kemp becomes the first player from Colorado to sign with U-M since offensive lineman Chris Fox in the 2013 class – though Fox suffered a career-ending knee injury and is now a student assistant with the program.

He comes from a football family – grandfather Sam Pagano is a legendary high school coach at Fairview, while uncles (and Fairview alums) Chuck and John Pagano are the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and the defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, respectively. Coming from such a strong background in the game, Kemp had an easy decision to make in terms of when he’ll join the U-M program. He plans to graduate at the end of this semester and enroll in Ann Arbor come January.

“I don’t think it’s for everybody, but the family that he comes from, he comes from a football family,” Fairview coach Tom McCartney explained. “You’re probably well-schooled on his uncles who coach in the NFL, and his grandpa, who he lives with who’s a Hall of Fame coach in Colorado. Because he’s wired that way, he’s been prepared for a long, long time for how everything works.”

Kemp made his decision when he did in order to facilitate the early enrollment. Notre Dame and Colorado were his other finalists, and he also passed up the likes of Nebraska, UCLA, and Wisconsin (among several others).

With Kemp’s commitment, U-M has 22 pledges in the 2016 class, in a group that is expected to reach as many as 28. The Wolverines are the No. 5 team nationally in the Team Recruiting Rankings, with plenty of opportunity to move up as Harbaugh and Co. await decisions from several other highly regarded prospects.

Tim Sullivan is the Football Recruiting Editor of The Wolverine magazine and He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the network. You can follow him on Twitter @TimS_Wolverine.


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