Wes Kemp a 6-foot-4, 225-pound wide receiver from De Smet High in St. Louis, Mo., is enjoying a successful start to the 2007 season. In 2006 Kemp and his De Smet teammates had a tough season going 3-6 after capturing a State Championship in 2005, but things have turned around quickly.
“We are building up towards districts and then the playoffs,” Kemp began. “We are trying to make a run at it. We were trying to find our identity last year. We played some young guys and now they are seasoned veterans, so we are looking a lot better this season.”
“Personally I have been playing well I have caught five touchdowns so far, and I think I have around 325 yards in the four games that we have played. I have been playing some defensive end as well. I do not know all of my stats there, but I have a couple of sacks and tackles for loss. I have been playing well and we all just want to do whatever we can to get the ‘W’.”
Kemp believes that Wisconsin is in good shape to capture a Big 10 title but he knows that the team will have to work hard week in and week to keep atop a conference that is shaking out to be very balanced from top to bottom.
“I think their defense is superb,” Kemp said. “Last week their offense got rolling, but against Iowa their defense was good.”
“We have a lot of tough ones (games). Next weekend we have Illinois. Everybody is legit in the Big 10 this year. We barely defeated Iowa and then they got destroyed by Indiana. Northwestern almost beat Michigan. Anybody can upset anybody.”
“I just like to see my school stay in the top 25, it is great that they are number five, but as long as they are in the top 25 I am happy with it.”
Kemp has already taken his official visit and basically put the recruiting process behind him so that he can fully concentrate on helping his prep teammates.
“I took my official visit for the Iowa game,” Kemp reported. “I had never been up there, so that atmosphere was pretty nice. They had 84,000 fans. I got a chance to speak with the coaches, the strength and conditioning coach, and the academic counselor, so it was an overall great experience.”
The four-star receiver got the chance to sit down with the Badger coaching staff and discuss how they see him fitting in with the team’s schemes.
“I think I will be playing the ‘X’ receiver,” Kemp informed. “I will probably be like an ‘X’ and guys like Paul Hubbard and Kyle Jefferson will be the ‘Z’s.’”
“Hope fully I can just get in the rotation. With Hubbard and Luke Swan leaving it looks pretty wide open. Physically I think that I am ahead of the curve as far as athleticism goes, but there is a mental curve. I just need to be able to grasp the playbook.”
As a junior, Kemp had 42 receptions for 780 yards and eight touchdowns to earn All-State and All-Metro honors.