Being part of a senior class that saw Lakeview go to the playoffs four times in a row for the first time in school history and win three straight division titles, the Spartans’ Dre’On Kemp wanted to continue to be part of winning program at the next level also.
That is one of the reasons Kemp signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college football at Grand Valley State University, a perennial power in Division II.
“It was extremely important to go to a school that is winning,” Kemp said. “Winning here was a big deal at Lakeview, and I wanted to take that attitude to the next level and I can do that at Grand Valley.”
Grand Valley State University is one of the top Division II football programs in the country. The Lakers advanced to the Division II national semifinals in 2015 and the team was ranked No. 4 in the final national poll.
“We have heard from a lot of college coaches, over the past several years, say that they like to get kids from winning programs,” Lakeview football coach Matt Miller said. “They like to see players play in games against some of the best teams in the state and in a playoff atmosphere and that’s one of the things they liked about Dre.”
Kemp said he also was being recruited by Ferris State and Saginaw Valley.
Kemp was recruited by some schools as a defensive player, but GVSU said they like the Spartans’ potential at running back.
“Playing running back was important, wanted to keep playing that position,” Kemp said. “Some teams wanted me to play defense, so I liked how Grand Valley wanted me as a running back.”
Kemp finished his career at Lakeview second on the all-time list for rushing yards and for touchdowns after helping the Spartans to a 6-4 record, a third straight Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division title and a fourth-straight spot in the playoffs. Kemp also earned honorable mention honors on the Class A All-State team, while being named all-league and All-City after getting 1,107 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior year.
“He is real explosive and their coaches say they can see that on film. They say he has loose hips and makes a lot of moves and comes up with big plays, which they like,” Miller said. “Their coach said he is the only running back they offered this year and they are really excited to have him.”
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