Wes Kemp, one of the top WR prospects in the Midwest, has given his verbal commitment to play for the Wisconsin Badgers.
The 6-4, 223 pound WR out of DeSmet Jesuit HS in St. Louis, Missouri chose the Badgers earlier than expected.
“I had this feeling, one of those deep gut feelings for a while. I’d had it for a couple months now,” Kemp said. “I wanted to take my officials, but sometimes you just get those gut feelings. I felt so strongly about it, I decided to get it over with right now.”
Kemp said the coaching staff made a great impression him, his father and his coach.
“I prayed about it and I just got off the phone talking to my parents about it,” Kemp said. “It just seems like the best place for me. My coach, he always talked about all the schools. He also seemed passionate about Wisconsin. This is a guy who didn’t go to the school, but he just had a feeling about them too. When somebody like your coach, somebody you look up, talks about a school like that, you’ve got to heed it and listen to that.
“My Dad was real high on them (too), he had a good feeling about the coaches when we met Coach Bielema and Coach Mason. All those things factored into my decision.”
Even though his decision came early, Kemp did quite a bit of research into his final destination.
“I visited a lot of schools, looked at a lot of schools and talked to a lot of people,” he said. “Just looking at their program and how St. Louis kids have done there, they’ve always been successful. Coach Mason, the WR coach, has a good history with developing great WRs like Chambers, Lee Evans, Brandon Williams and guys like that.
“As far as their academic program, they have one of the top business schools in the country. That’s what I’m going into. It was a combination of everything.”
The Oklahoma Sooners have been on a roll in recruiting. They had already secured the groundwork for a tremendous class with their early commitments, but this week they have been on a new hot streak by securing three more verbals. James Hanna and DeJuan Miller will be dangerous offensive weapons in the passing attack, but Casey Walker, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle from Garland High in Texas will be coming in to plug some holes for the defense.
Walkers is the latest player to issue a public commitment to the Oklahoma, picking the Sooners over offers from Ole Miss, Arizona, Colorado, TCU and Mississippi State.
Walker, who reportedly bench presses over 400 pounds, announced that he would be attending Oklahoma just days following Monday’s camp session in Norman, a popular trend it seems. Will there be any more camps for the overpowering defensive lineman, or is it going to be OU only from here on out?
“I am done,” Walker responded when asked about his future camp and visit plans. “I went to the OU camp on Monday and I think that will be it. I had a great time.”
“They have a great atmosphere at OU. When I went there for junior day I had a tremendous time and I loved the environment that I saw when I walked around the campus.”
“The tradition also played a part,” Walker continued. “They have a lot of tradition in the program, and it is great to be a part of that tradition.”
The coaching staff also played a huge role in landing the “Lone Star State” standout.
“I really like Coach (Bob) Stoops and Coach (Jackie) Shipp,” Walker explained. “I am very excited to be able to play for a positional coach like coach Shipp.”
Garland Head Coach, Jeff Jordan, informed Scout.com earlier today that Walker’s biggest strength was his strength and quickness off of the first step. Walker echoed those sentiments.
“For me it is about being quick off of the ball,” Walker began. “I use my hands well to get off of the blocks, but at OU it is all about being quick off of the ball.”
“I kind of look up to a Gerald McCoy. I like to visualize what I can do myself when watching his tape. I see what he does that has made him successful at OU in his first two years.”
Alfred Dupree, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Skyline High in Dallas, Texas is the latest player to issue a commitment to Oklahoma State.
"I committed to Oklahoma State tonight," DuPree informed GoPokes.com Tuesday night. "I'm going up there later this week, either Friday or Saturday.”
“I looked at a variety of things (in making the decision), location; players, I looked up all the players that are sophomores, freshmen, and in this recruiting class; and Coach Lupe (Curtis Luper) who recruited me is really down to earth and cool. I also talked to Richetti (incoming freshman defensive end Richetti Jones of Dallas Lincoln). We are good friends and he told me what it was going to be like."
Dupree joins Travis Miller, Jeremy Gray, and Jackie Hinton as the players who have announced their intention to sign with the Cowboy’s over the past three days, and they echoed his glowing thoughts on the Oklahoma State program.
Miller-"I'm committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. I like the way they run their program and the facilities are great, especially all the new facilities that will be there when I get there in '08. The coaches are cool and the players were really cool hanging out with them. Everybody is laid back and they get along well together. It's a good place to be.”
Hinton- "The facilities, the community, the work ethic ... everything about Oklahoma State made my decision for me. I had a chance to see everything last weekend when my dad and I went up there."
Gray- “The trip (unofficial visit) was pretty good, real good. Oklahoma State gives me the chance to get a good education, go to a school that is close to home, and they told me that I could also play basketball."