Being the starting quarterback at Massillon is only slightly less scrutinized than holding the same position for the Cleveland Browns
or Ohio State
Buckeyes, and sophomore Kyle Kempt
is proving to be up to the challenge.
Kempt transferred to Massillon from Oregon last summer amid much hype and attention, but the youngster is showing he has the talent to succeed. Inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago, Kempt has led Massillon to wins over Mentor and Akron Firestone.
In his first two starts, Kempt has completed 30 of 49 passes for 405 yards, throwing 4 touchdowns. Just as impressive is the fact he has only thrown one interception.
Kempt has been tutored by famed quarterback coach Jim Ballard. Ballard was a national championship quarterback at Mount Union, played in the NFL and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
"Kyle has come a long way this year and he's in a great system playing for Jason Hall," Ballard stated. "I've worked with Kyle a lot lately and everything we do is totally in tune with what Jason wants at Massillon, and I work hand-in-hand with all of the high school coaches."
"The one thing about Kyle is how confident he's become, and that is evident when I break down his film," he added. "His footwork is dramatically better and his throwing motion is much tighter. We have him using more arm extension, and he's driving the ball off his back leg. What I'm seeing is steady improvement and him steadying in as the starter, and his grasp of the offense is impressive. His decision-making has been good, and I'm very tough on my quarterbacks. His reads have been good, and he's not missing things, like where he should go with the football. Anything he's done wrong has been an easy fix."
Ballard feels Kempt, 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, is definitely a major college prospect, and a quarterback to watch for the class of 2013. Kempt received a Stanford offer as an eight-grader.
"I see Kyle as a big-time quarterback, and I will recommend him highly to the colleges I deal with," Ballard explained. "I can see him at Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon, Michigan State, wherever someone needs a good quarterback. He's only going to get better, because he has the skill set and he's driven to succeed. He can make every throw, and he can move. He would be good in an "I" formation, but he can throw out of the shotgun as well. Kyle is nowhere near where he's going to be in a few years, and somebody is going to get a good one."
As one of the top quarterback instructors in Ohio, Ballard comes in contact with most of the top signal-callers in the state, and he mentioned a few others to keep an eye on.
"There are three juniors that a lot of fans aren't aware of, but colleges have noticed," Ballard stressed. "I like Lou Gigliotti of Copley a lot. There is a kid named Tyler Eaton at University High School that's really good. Eaton is 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, and can run a 4.6. Mason Schreck at Medina is another really good prospect, that has a chance to be heavily recruited."
Jim Ballard is the founder of Airitoutinc.net and can contacted directly on the website. He is available for one-on-one quarterback instruction.
Massillon sophomore quarterback Kyle Kempt transferred to the storied Ohio school last summer from Oregon, amid much hype. Kempt was inserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago and has helped lead Massillon to consecutive wins. See what famed quarterback guru Jim Ballard has to say about Kempt's development.
Massillon sophomore Kyle Kempt has been impressive the past two weeks.