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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Beavers, Bulldogs watching three-star QB

By Jared Shanker

It was not a happy parting of ways between Kyle Kempt (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Cincinnati, the school he had been committed to since the spring, but the three-star quarterback is moving on.

“I’m very open right now,” said Kempt, who decommitted from the Bearcats about a week after Tommy Tuberville was named coach. “Right now I’m open to being at the school that gives me the best fit football wise and academically.”

An Oregon native, Kempt is hearing from the Oregon State staff. The Beavers do not have a quarterback committed in their 2013 class and might want to add one before signing day. An Oregon State coach will fly out to Ohio this month to meet with Kempt.

Kempt traveled to Oregon State for an unofficial visit during the winter of his sophomore year, and he is familiar with the coaches from his time spent in the state.

“I’ve known Coach [Mike] Riley, and I’m familiar with coach [Jay] Locey, who recruits me very well,” Kempt said.

Mississippi State assistant Tim Brewster also reached out to Kempt recently. The Bulldogs are waiting to find out what happens with their quarterback situation and even could take two signal-callers in the class.

It was a surprise for Kempt that the Bulldogs were interested.

“They’re thinking of maybe taking two kids and are unsure what their one kid is doing right now,” Kempt said. “There’s mutual interest there, but it’s a wait-and-see deal.”

Toledo is another option for Kempt, as he has talked with the coaches there and likes head coach Matt Campbell.