Midland Recruiting Notebook

Wes Kemp

In this week's edition of the Midland Recruiting Notebook we take a look at one of the regions top players, who made a huge impact on the national level at the Scout.com Chicago Combine. We also get the latest from two players who are on fire in recruiting circles across the country.


Wes Kemp, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound wide receiver from DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis (Mo.), now has a total of 10 scholarship offers with his latest coming from Indiana and Michigan State.

Along with the Hoosiers and Spartans, he also has offers from Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Nebraska. Although he remains "very open", he says his top three are Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois. Those three have a solid lead over Missouri, Mississippi, Kansas State and Michigan State.

"I also like Michigan a lot too, but they haven't offered," Kemp reported to Scout.com's Allen Wallace. "They'd probably be in my top five if they offered. I love the whole school and that they are a powerhouse every year. They love to pass the ball and always produce great wide receivers. They were at my school not too long ago and I think they will offer me."

Kemp, a Scout.com four-star recruit who is also ranked as the Midlands No. 12 overall prospect, doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer, but he will be taking unofficial visits. "I'll visit Mississippi, Nebraska and Missouri for sure," Kemp said. "I'll have my for-sure top five set this summer and those are the ones that I will visit officially in the fall. I really want to go where I can compete and possibly play early. I'll probably commit after the season ends, in early December."

He says that Illinois is recruiting him the hardest. "I get a lot of text messages from them," he said. "They also send me the most mail. They keep in contact with me about my summer plans and definitely want me to visit them officially."

One of the schools that Kemp is planning on visiting this summer is Nebraska. "They have like four of the top 100 offensive lineman recruits already committed and that's great news for the quarterback," Kemp said. "They also have a top quarterback and throw the ball a lot. They always bring in top players, plus their facilities are second to none. They are a perennial powerhouse and I get along well with coach (recruiting coordinator) Kevin Cosgrove. Coach Cos is really fired-up and an electric guy. I really want to get to know the rest of the coaches too."


K.J. Williams
K.J. Williams admittedly was a bit surprised when his most recent scholarship offer – from the University of Missouri – arrived Friday morning.

"There was a lot of talk early on about them offering me, but we started to lose touch for a little while, so it kind of hit me by surprise,' said Williams a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end who also has offers from Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Tulsa.

"One of my favorite players in college football is Chase Daniel," said Williams, who posted 66 tackles and four sacks last year at Norman (Ok.) High School. "But other than that, I don't know a lot about them."

Williams, who is being recruited as a tight end by Texas A&M, New Mexico and Tulsa is being looked at by MU as a defensive end. He brings very good speed off of the edge as a pass rusher and has a frame that will lend itself to weight gain. He impressed at a recent combine and has seen his stock rise this spring/summer.

"Last year, it was more about making plays. This year, I'm much more physical. But I'm still able to run with the little guys, the speed guys," he said.

Williams has no favorite school and plans to take as many visits as possible this summer. He said a trip to Mizzou "is a strong possibility."


Will Compton
Will Compton, a 6-1, 217 pound LB/S out of North County HS in Bonne Terre, Missouri just received an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes. Compton had been back and forth with the Iowa staff about whether an offer was coming soon.

"Coach Eric Johnson called me the other day, using his one phone call, and he said that I'll have an offer at camp, after the LB coach gives me an eyeball test," Compton said. "We text a lot, but we kept messaging from then on and I was wondering about whether it was an official offer. He says, ‘Up here, you'll have one.'"

That changed today.

"Today, he texted me and told me I have an official offer from Iowa and it should be coming in the mail any time," he said.

Iowa is a school that Compton's been familiar with, but mostly for the wrestling program.

"I've watched them the past few years," he said. "I hear about Iowa mostly because of my family. Besides football, we're into wrestling. My brother is very good. I know of Iowa's wrestling program, I've heard about it since I was little."

Compton's brother, Cody, is a highly-ranked wrester at 140 pounds in Class 3, lost in the semifinals of the Class 3 state tournament at 140 pounds.

Recently, Compton attended the Scout.com combine in Kansas City, and has earned two new offers since then, one from Iowa as well as a new offer from Kansas. At the combine, he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash and a position-best 7.07 3-cone drill.

"I got offered right after that by Kansas, but I performed real well at the Nike Camp as well," he said. "Things were starting up for me anyway, but I think getting an official time for me really helped."

Compton denied any true leaders, but said if he had to pick, Iowa, Illinois, Wake Forest, and Missouri. Compton will be quite busy in the coming month, with camp and/or visits planned at Northwestern, Notre Dame, Missouri, Wake Forest, Iowa, Kansas State, and Illinois. Will hopes to get a decision out of the way before his senior year begins, but he said he wants to be "150% sure" before making a commitment.

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