- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Four-star running back Jojo Kemp (Deland, Fla./Deland) went back to where it all started this weekend. Kemp committed to South Florida in the spring but backed away from that commitment during the fall. Now the 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back was back on campus meeting a new staff.
Kemp decided to take the visit to South Florida because he felt like the school he was once committed to deserved another look
“I wanted South Florida to be my final visit,” Kemp said. “I wanted to meet the new staff and see what they were about. Now I can go home and shut this down. Everything just keeps getting crazier.
“And I wanted to spend time with Coach Taggart and the new staff. I was close with coach [Peter] Vaas and the old staff and I’m getting close with the new staff.”
Kemp is wanted by several programs, including Nebraska and Kentucky. He took an official to Lexington two weeks ago and enjoyed what he saw.
“I really liked Kentucky and the city of Lexington,” Kemp said. “It reminded me a lot of where I live in Deland. I was real comfortable there and comfortable around the people.”
The Kentucky staff led by new head coach Mark Stoops has made no secret of their desire to add Kemp to its recruiting class.
“They have told me that I’m the top running back on their board,” Kemp said. “And there’s an honor to see that a program thinks so highly of me.”
Kemp’s describes his recruitment as an adventure, much like the one his close friend and ESPN 150 prospect Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) has dealt with. The two have taken a couple of trips together and talk often.
“We like to discuss the trips and use each other as a sounding board,” Kemp said. “It’s good to have a friend that’s going through the same thing because we remind each other that this is a blessing even though it can be difficult at times.”