Safety Prospect Makes Return Trip to Auburn

Class of 2014 prospect Demetrius Kemp talks about his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Demopolis, Ala.--Demetrius Kemp visited the Auburn campus for the Tigers' first major junior day of 2013 and he made a return visit for the second one and got his first chance to watch Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers on the practice field.

"The tempo was really fast," said Kemp, a two-way standout at Demopolis High School. "Everything they do is at a very fast tempo."

A player who has been contributing to his team's success since he was a fixture on special teams as a ninth grader, he is expected to be counted on once again this fall on both defense and offense at DHS>

"We plan on having a great team this year," said Kemp, one of two Demopolis High players being recruited by the Tigers along with Tyler Merriweather. "Last year we were 9-3."

Kemp broke into the starting lineup as an outside linebacker and slot receiver as a 10th grader. Last year he started at slot receiver as well as safety, the position he is being recruited at by Auburn.

The 6-0, 193-pounder said he expects to be play safety and receiver as a senior.

Commenting on what he plans to focus on when his team begins spring practice, Kemp said, "I am working on my keeping my eyes up and wrapping up and making better tackles.

"I am working on the little things and trying to keep a good attitude doing it all and be a team player," he added. "Doing what I can do to help the team win is my goal."

Last season he made 66 tackles, returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered four fumbles on defense. He returned one kickoff for a TD.

Asked what his best attribute is as a football player, Kemp said, "I just like the game. I guess you could say I am versatile. I like to play anything. It doesn't matter to me where I play just as long as I am on the field."

In addition to competing in football he has played baseball at Demopolis High as well as basketball. He is also on the track and field team.

While he just has one scholarship offer so far, with that one coming from South Alabama, Auburn is obviously interested with the junior day invitations along with meeting time with new safeties coach Charlie Harbison. "He sees me as one of the tall guys who can go get the ball," Kemp said.

The prospect said he enjoyed watching the Tigers in action at practice. "The coaches and the way the coached, I can they are happy to be there," Kemp said. "That is what caught my eye."


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