Lefty QB Looking to Make Favorable Impression

A quarterback prospect traveled across the country to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the more impressive performers at a two-day football camp on the Auburn campus made one heck of a road trip to show Tiger coaches what he can do.

Cody Kempt, a 6-1, 195-pound left-handed quarterback, traveled across the country from Westview High in Portland, Oregon, where he was runnerup for player of the year honors in his conference as a junior.

Kempt showed why that was the case as he displayed a smooth delivery and a very accurate passing touch, whether throwing in the rain on Saturday or in the sunshine on Sunday.

A family connection sparked the quarterback's interest in the Tigers.

"Coach Dunn (Don Dunn), the defensive tackles coach at Auburn, coached my dad in college at Montana State," Kempt explains. "I have been to Auburn several times before. I came down and saw the SEC Championship Game and I saw the Iron Bowl, too.

"I love everything about Auburn--the whole atmosphere, the people, the location. I wanted to come back in the summer and see what the competition is like in a camp and see how I stack up against the top kids in Alabama."

In a camp featuring the state's top quarterback prospects--Neil Caudle from Spain Park High, Earl Alexander from Central of Phenix City, Steven Ensminger from Opelika and Chris Smelley from American Christian in Tuscaloosa--nobody was more accurate than the lefty. He was one of the more impressive campers from a group of 385 high school players.

"I felt really good about how I threw the football, even when the weather conditions were bad," Kempt tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I felt comfortable out there in the drills. I just tried to relax and not overthrow the ball. I am used to bad weather in Oregon. We never know whether it is going to be wet or dry so I am used to throwing a wet ball."

Kempt looks downfield as he prepares to pass.

As a junior, Kempt helped his team to an 8-3 record. He completed 110-210 passes for 1,617 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He rushed for 492 yards and six more scores running an offense similar to the one used last season by the University of Utah, one of the teams that is recruiting him.

"Our offense is similar to what Urban Meyer ran last year," he notes. "We use the shotgun and I do a lot of running and throwing."

Kempt is hoping that a good showing on the summer camp circuit will lead to more scholarship offers. "So far, I have just one offer from Portland State," he notes. "I like Auburn a lot and if they offer me I will take it. A couple of the west coast schools, Colorado State and Utah, are recruiting me. Right now I am open to anything."

The quarterback plans to attend camps at Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State this summer before his senior season starts. Earlier this year he played baseball and won all-league honors in that sport. Following his senior football season, Kempt says he plans to play basketball, too.

In the classroom, he is performing well, also. He's an honor student with a 3.6 grade point average, something that should also help his stock as a college football prospect.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Kempt ran a good shuttle time of 4.37 and had a 29-inch vertical jump. He ran a 4.75 40-yard dash on a wet field at the AU camp.

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