Kemp Keeps Coming Back to Iowa

Eastern Michigan verbal Bryce Kemp made another trip to Iowa City this past weekend. The tight end from Baxter continued gathering positive feedback from the Hawkeyes staff. He talked with HI about what he's hearing and how he's handling the situation.

Bryce Kemp is enjoying his fall. His prep team is unbeaten. On Saturdays, he watches Iowa games at Kinnick Stadium for free.

The Collins-Maxwell/Baxter High (IA) tight end has attended three of the Hawkeyes four home contests this season, including this past Saturday. He grew up a fan of the program.

"I have spoken to a bunch of (Iowa) coaches but the main ones are D.J. Hernandez and Reese Morgan. They've been saying I'm a great athlete and they'd love to have me," he said.

The Hawkeye staff still is evaluating the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder to determine whether or not to offer him a scholarship. If it does, there's no guarantee Kemp would accept it.

In August, Eastern Michigan received a verbal commitment from Kemp.

"Eastern Michigan is my number one priority right now," he said.

Kemp has been up front with Eastern about his trips to Kinnick Stadium.

"They're handling it fine. My game day visits to Iowa are more about having the opportunity to watch them play. Eastern is 10 hours away so watching them every Saturday isn't really an option where Iowa is," he said.

Kemp has caught 31 passes for 653 yards and six touchdowns this fall. The Raiders have won their first seven games and were ranked eighth in Class 2A by the Associated Press this week.

"My strengths would have to be my size and speed. It helps being 6-5 and running a 4.7(second) 40 (yard dash). My biggest weakness is my blocking skills because I'm used more as a wide out in high school. I've been focusing on that and have improved that aspect of my game," he said

Morgan visited Kemp at his school last Friday. Iowa has continued to build the relationship.

"He's a very good player and looks the part for sure," CMB Coach Rob Luther said. "His ceiling is so high."

The Hawkeyes have extended an official visit opportunity to Kemp.

"I'm not sure on the whole official visit yet. I haven't really thought that far ahead," he said.


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