- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
In a win last week, Massillon (Ohio) Washington junior quarterback Kyle Kempt relied on the long ball to find the end zone for the Tigers.
Against Warren G. Harding on Thursday, it was the short-passing and screen attack that Kempt relied on to spark a 24-7 win.
“I was happy with how I played,” said Kempt, arguably the top junior quarterback in the state. “Early on we got the screen game and short passes going well. They ended up playing a lot of man [coverage] so we were able to take advantage of that.”
With Washington playing on Thursday, Kempt has an opportunity to spend two days at Tennessee to visit the school for its game against No. 2 LSU on Saturday night.
Kempt has visited Tennessee before for a camp during the summer, but this will be his first time experiencing a game at Neyland Stadium.
“I’ve been to the state, I’ve been down there before, I did the camp and I’ve seen the stadium,” Kempt said. “I’m extremely excited to see what it’s going to be like with a packed house.”
Saturday’s game will mark the second time Kempt sees LSU, too. Kempt traveled to Morgantown to see West Virginia host LSU back in September. Like Tennessee, the Mountaineers have offered Kempt, and, despite losing to LSU, Kempt really liked what he saw on his visit to West Virginia.
“I loved the offense, and it was an amazing atmosphere,” he said. “I got a real good taste of the fanfare. They’re crazy but they love their team. It’s like Massillon, where a lot of people put pride in their team.”
Kempt will check out at least one more college game, too, before playoffs start in three weeks. On Oct. 22, Kempt will go to Notre Dame to see the Fighting Irish take on USC in a primetime game. Kempt has some interest from USC, but the Irish are the team he is going to be watching.
“I’ve had quite a bit of contact,” Kempt said of Notre Dame. “I’ve been to there camp, I’ve talked to their coaches, they’ve sent me a lot of mail. It’s kind of been a dead period during the season, so going down there next Saturday is going to be huge for me.”
Kempt said he’s received mail “from probably every school in the country,” but it’s been the SEC programs contacting him that have Kempt the most intrigued.
“I always wanted to play in the SEC,” Kempt said. “My end goal is the NFL, and being able to play in one of the top conferences in the nation would be an honor.”
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