ECU Finds a 2014 QB

Mesa C.C. (Az.) quarterback Blake Kemp became a late addition to ECU's 2014 class last week. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his commitment.

ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has finally found a signal caller for the 2014 class in Blake Kemp. The talented junior quarterback received his offer on a visit to ECU last week and committed before leaving campus.

The environment and the coaches are what led to such a hasty commitment for Kemp.

"When I commit to something I'm all in," said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Kemp. "I loved the city of Greenville, I loved how coach Ruffin (McNeill) treated his players like sons, and I love (Lincoln) Riley's offense."

Kemp played high school football at Hamilton in Chandler, Az. He only started one year at quarterback due to the talent at Hamilton's quarterback position. Nonetheless, Kemp held his own on a team that won the state championship three out of four years in his time there.

When he wasn't in at quarterback he contributed to the team at the tight end position.

Kemp didn't get the looks he wanted out of high school, so he elected to take the junior college route.

"We had Division I quarterbacks before me at Hamilton," said Kemp. "I Went to Mesa C.C., which is twenty minutes away, and got to run the spread offense. I helped turn the program around with my teammates and coaches."

Mesa had an impressive 2013 season, the program finished 8-3 (7-1 in conference) and Kemp played in eight games averaging 370 pass yards a game while tossing 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Kemp has a red-shirt year and two years of playing eligibility ahead of him. Being a junior has prepared his mental game for his arrival at ECU. He mentioned the best part of his game is that he doesn't put the team in bad situations as a quarterback.

This seems like it's the real deal. The Pirates have finally found themselves a quarterback for the 2014 class. Kemp can't wait to arrive at school.

"I will be in Greenville on May 19 for summer school and workouts," said Kemp. "It feels great. I couldn't be more pumped up to be a part of the Pirate family."


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