Auburn Makes Impact On Alabama Fan

Demopolis junior safety Demetrius Kemp has an early offer and is looking for more. He talks about his recent trip to Auburn in this look at the 2014 prospect.

Demopolis, Ala.—Already with an offer from South Alabama and hearing from schools such as Southern Miss and Northern Illinois, Demopolis safety prospect Demetrius Kemp recently took a visit to check out the Auburn Tigers and spend time with Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison.

Growing up a fan of Alabama, Kemp had the option to make a trip to Tuscaloosa on that same weekend he traveled to the Plains, but says for him it was important to learn more about the Tigers after getting plenty of early attention from Coach Gus Malzahn's staff. Now that he's seen Auburn he says he's looking forward to learning even more on his next visit March 30.

"That first visit changed my mind a lot about Auburn," Kemp tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm originally an Alabama fan, but when you go through this process you have to throw away the fan view. After seeing everything I think Auburn is a pretty nice place. Alabama asked me to come to their Junior Day the same day as Auburn, but Auburn seemed more interested in me so I went to Auburn. It was a good experience for me to meet the coaches. Coach Smith and Coach Harbison seem like very nice guys. I look forward to getting to know them even more."

A 6-0, 193-pounder that was named the Marengo County Player of the Year as a junior, Kemp is a dynamic playmaker for the Tigers on offense, defense and special teams. It's on defense where he's being recruited by Auburn as the Tigers like him as a safety on the next level. Sitting down with both Smith and Harbison on his visit, he says he learned a lot about them and about the role of the safety in Ellis Johnson's defense.

"When we were at Junior Day we had a meeting with Coach Harbison and he talked to us about how much of a Godly man he was," Kemp says. "He sounds like a real nice person. He went into detail about how the safety position would be and how many safeties they would have on the field. He pulled up some stats on how freshmen had played for them and became All-Americans. As a freshman you can play in that system and that's something good to look at."

With Auburn's need at the safety spot switching to a defense that will feature three on the field at all times, Kemp says he enjoys playing in the defensive backfield because he likes the physical part of the game.

"I like safety because it's more of a free position," Kemp says. "You don't have a defensive lineman or anyone right in your face at the snap of the ball and you get to see what is going on. My favorite thing about safety is being able to hit somebody and playing smash-mouth football. I like to play physical so that makes it perfect for me."

A starter since his sophomore season, Kemp says he played on all the special teams as a freshman before earning a starting job at linebacker and slot wide receiver as a sophomore in addition to returning kickoffs. This past season he did everything for the Tigers as he started at safety and also played some running back and wide receiver while returning punts and kickoffs.

As a junior he finished with 66 tackles, four fumble recoveries, and two interception returns for touchdowns on defense. Offensively he was third on the team in rushing with 289 yards and three touchdowns on just 46 carries. To top it off he returned 15 kickoffs for 385 yards and one score.


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