While Warren wideout Ricardo Kemp committed to Tennessee a long time ago and remains so to the Volunteers, he's not ready to be fitted for a orange jersey and get familiar with the strains of Rocky Top just yet.
That's because Kemp (5-11, 180, 4.39) is still planning to visit University of Arkansas Jan. 28-30 - a week after his official visit to Knoxville - and hasn't put the idea of flipping at the end of the process and putting on a red jersey instead.
"Arkansas has just continued to show me so much love and I really like that fact," said Kemp, who had Razorback coaches at his basketball game on Friday night. "It's not that I have to see something up there that blows me away, but just that I have been thinking about it a lot and they are team that has a lot of good young players and it might be fun to be a part of that."
Kemp was certainly productive on the field this season by catching 98 passes for over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns for a team that puts the ball in the air "about 60 percent of the time."
That came a year after getting over 1,000 yards rushing as a junior.
"We throw it around a lot and I got a chance to make a lot of plays and did some things after I caught the ball," Kemp said. "I played more at running back as a junior, but feel like my talents are better utilized at wide receiver and that showed this year."
Kemp knows that former Warren standouts and current Volunteers Brett Smith and Roshaun Fellows will be trying to influence him to stick with his commitment when he visits Tennessee on Jan. 14-16.
"I've been teammates with those guys and they have gone on to make big names for themselves on the college level," Kemp said. "I know they will be telling me I need to stay with Tennessee - and I could - but I just have to make the right decision for myself and myself alone."
Arkansas will bring him in on the same weekend as a lot of other in-state standouts, a weekend when the Razorback basketball team is hosting Kentucky.
"Arkansas' coaches have told me that they need a speed guy that can get down the field and make some plays and think I can come in an have an impact with some of the other guys like (Marcus) Monk that they have already," Kemp said. "I'm just going to take this visits and then think it all over and do what's best for me."
Kemp says he may end up as defensive back if he goes to Tennessee because the Vols are so loaded at wideout. He recently was quoted saying this by Volsquest recruiting writer Brent Hobbs.
"I'm definitely firm on my commitment to Tennessee," Kemp said. "I've been feeling some pressure to at least take a visit up there, so I'm going to go up there and give them a look. There's really nothing to it, Tennessee doesn't have anything to worry about."
Asked about that, Kemp said he is keeping an open mind.
"I'm still committed to Tennessee, but I am going to take a look at Arkansas because I want to," Kemp said, "not because I am feeling the pressure to."
There has certainly been a perception that Warren athletes are being guided to Tennessee by head coach Bo Hembree.
"That's a big misconception," Kemp said. "Everybody down here loves the Razorbacks, including myself. Guys have just made the best decision for themselves and that's what I am going to do also. It will either be Arkansas or Tennessee."
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