Boulder (Colo.) Fairview senior defensive end Carlo Kemp has seen all he needs in the recruiting process thus far, and the nation’s No. 203 overall prospect is preparing to make his college commitment. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has narrowed his list to Michigan and Notre Dame, and the choice should be coming any day now.
“Still processing,” Kemp said. “As of right now I’m really just taking my time. I stay in really good contact with the schools.”
Kemp took official visits to U-M (Sept. 26 for the Wolverines’ win over BYU), Notre Dame (Oct. 10 for the Irish’s victory over Navy), and his hometown Colorado (Oct. 17 when the Buffaloes lost to Arizona). However, CU isn’t a realistic option right now, and he’s simply trying to pick between two good options.
“I really like both those schools,” he said. “I don’t have any other visits planned. I really don’t want to drag this out any longer. Hopefully, I can make a decision in the next couple weeks coming up or after my season is over. I’m looking at everything. The biggest things are where can I get the best of both worlds, academically and athletically.”
Kemp’s grandfather, Sam Pagano, is a legendary high school coach at Fairview (he’s since retired), and uncles Chuck and John are NFL coaches with the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers (defensive coordinator), respectively. His bloodlines within the sport are strong, but it’s his own individual skill that has college coaches so excited.
Michigan likes Kemp at its “buck” linebacker position, a hybrid defensive end spot that’s similar to what he’s done in high school. Previously an every-down, hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, Kemp is playing middle linebacker for Fairview this fall. He’s exceled in that role, leading his team with 70 tackles while also contributing four touchdowns offensively.
The No. 9 weakside defensive end nationally (and top player in Colorado) is making his decision early – likely this week – because he plans to enroll early at the college of his choice.
Should he choose Michigan, Kemp would become the Wolverines’ 21st overall commitment in the class, and 10th four-star prospect. U-M projects to sign as many as 28 total players in the class.
Tim Sullivan is the Football Recruiting Editor of
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