Wes Kemp, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound wide receiver from DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis (Mo.), finished his junior season with 42 catches for 780 yards and eight touchdowns. He benches 335 pounds, squats 425 and has a 37-inch vertical jump.
"I think I'm good at physically dominating the cornerbacks because of my size and speed," Kemp said. "I just burn guys because they don't think I'm that fast (4.55 forty). Also, I'm good at blocking the corners for the running back. As long as we score I'm happy.
"I don't see a lot of man-technique in high school and that's what I'm working on a lot in the off-season," he said. "I'm working on my man-on-man coverage so that I'm prepared for the next level."
Kemp has eight scholarship offers but says that Wisconsin and Illinois are his top two. The Badgers and Illini have a slight lead over Missouri, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Iowa and Nebraska. All of his favorites have offered, as well as Kansas and Minnesota.
Growing up, Kemp said he always followed Michigan and Missouri and the Tigers were the first school to offer him last May. The Wolverines, because his brother liked them, and the Tigers because they are close to his house (only one hour and forty-five minutes away). "I love their spread offense," he said "They run like four or five wide all day. It's probably the most receiver-friendly offense in the country.
"It's nice that they are close, but that's not a big factor," Kemp said. "My parents said they just want me to be happy and fit in, so distance won't matter too much."
Kemp plans to attend the Missouri spring game on April 21. He's already been to junior days at Wisconsin and Iowa.
"Wisconsin has really good coaches," Kemp said. "I feel like I connected well with them. They also have state-of-the-art facilities and they finished last year at number seven and are still getting better. They are beginning to throw the ball a lot more and it's just a nice overall college town.
"Iowa is cool too," he said. "I really like coach Kirk Ferentz. He's nice and laid-back. He's just a gentleman. The junior day there was fun because we got to go to their basketball game too."
Kemp is unsure about going to summer camps, but he definitely plans to take a few unofficial visits this spring. He says he'll try to go to Illinois and Nebraska for sure. "Illinois struggled last season, but they have good coaches and it's a place where I feel I could play early and do well.
"Nebraska also has a great new offense and they are throwing the ball a lot more than they used to," Kemp said. "Zac Taylor was a great quarterback and they always seem to get good players. They are always a top 25 team and I'd love to help resurrect them back to their old glory days."
Kemp says that he plans to make an early commitment. "I want to commit in early-to-mid June," he said. "I've already looked at a lot of schools and feel good about the offers I have. I feel comfortable with these schools and should be able to narrow down. I just want to lead my team to a state championship this year and don't want any distractions."
As far the criteria Kemp is using to help him make his choice, he says it's simple, "I'm looking to play early and a lot. That's the main thing for me."
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 19 ACT.