With seven offers in hand, ESPNU Watch List quarterback Kyle Kempt (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has forged a top three and by the end of March will have visited all three in a two-week span.
Cincinnati, Indiana and West Virginia are at the top of Kempt’s leaderboard, breaking away from Bowling Green, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Toledo.
“Those would be my top three,” said the 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior. “Not saying some other school couldn’t come in, but right now they’re showing me the most interest, and they’re the schools I’m most interested in.”
Kempt came back from a two-day trip to Bloomington to visit the Hoosiers on Wednesday night and was thoroughly impressed with everything he saw. He visited for the first time a few weeks ago but it wasn’t as in-depth as his latest trip.
A prototypical pocket passer, Kempt spent a large portion of his visit meeting with coach Kevin Wilson and Hoosiers quarterbacks coach Kevin Johns. Kempt sat in on a quarterbacks meeting Tuesday and then a coaches’ meeting on Wednesday as the staff broke down the previous day’s spring practice.
The highlight was being able to watch the Hoosiers’ practice after the staff finished putting in the offense.
“I got a chance to watch that and got a good grasp concept-wise of what they’re going to run,” Kempt said.
With Tre Roberson as the Hoosiers’ signal-caller, the offense is a little more suited for a dual-threat quarterback at the moment, but Kempt said offensive coordinator Seth Littrell will adjust according to personnel. Littrell told Kempt the plan is to become a pass-oriented team in the future.
Though Kempt was with Wilson much of the time he was at Indiana, it was a trip to a local restaurant that helped him get a better understanding of the Hoosiers’ second-year coach.
“When we went out to eat, the owner of the restaurant knew a friend of coach Wilson’s, so I heard his background,” Kempt said. “I got a chance to see how hard of a worker and how dedicated he was.
“I learned a lot about him this weekend. He’s got a lot of stories from Oklahoma. He really wants to bring that to this university.”
On March 18, Kempt checked out West Virginia, a place he has seen a handful of times already. However, Sunday was the first time Kempt had an opportunity to watch the Mountaineers practice and see the campus, which he had yet to really see despite a number of previous visits.
Watching from the sideline, the West Virginia offense appears to be a good fit for his skill set, Kempt said.
“I can see myself fitting right into their offense -- the style of quarterback that likes to throw it around,” Kempt said. “It’s kind of like a pro-style and kind of a spread but not a true spread. It’s a lot of [shotgun], lots of play-action pass, lots of pistol.”
Kempt will make his second visit to Cincinnati when he travels across the state on March 31. Despite being located in the struggling Big East, Kempt is a fan of the Bearcats’ program.
“It’s an underrated school as a football program,” he said. “It’s a very good coaching staff. I think it’s one of the better smaller schools in the nation.”
While there, Kempt also will get a chance to see his older brother, Cody. A former quarterback at Oregon and Montana State, Cody is an offensive graduate assistant at Cincinnati.
A decision from Kempt will come sooner rather than later as he plans to commit by summer.