"Coach Eric Johnson let me know this morning. It turned out to be a pretty good day for me," Kemp said.
Kemp had been talking with the Hawkeyes for a while, but were holding off on an offer until they had a chance to see him in person. Two weeks ago, Kemp attended the Scout.com combine in Chicago, Illinois and put some up very impressive numbers, running a 4.60 on a slow track, a position-best 37.2-inch vertical jump, and another position-best 9-foot-7-inch standing broad jump.
"(Iowa) wanted me to come down for the camp and I guess they were always confident in my skills but (when they) saw how I performed at the combine, that pushed them over the edge," he said. "They were just making sure I could perform like that, that's why they tried to get me in camp.
"I called them to let them know I was going to cut my list down to 5 sometime this summer, sometime in June. They said that was a factor, too."
Kemp's teammate, Robert Steeples, has been attracting quite a bit of recruiting attention as well, having put up some very impressive numbers at the same Scout.com combine. Early on in their recruitment, Kemp and Steeples (along with RB Jason Ford, from Illinois) had mentioned that it would be cool to all attend the same school. Kemp says that's still in the cards.
"I was talking to Robert about that today, and he was still talking about how we might go to the same school," he said. "With Jason, I know Iowa's really up there on his list. He's been telling me about them. Then Robert's going up (to Iowa) this week for a camp. It's definitely a possibly."
One team stands out to Kemp though, as far as how much interest they've shown in him.
"Everybody's pretty steady, but if there's one school that jumps about in the way they feel about me that would be Illinois," he said. "Coach Zook and Coach Mitchell seem like pretty good guys and the way they're turning the program around is intriguing to me."
Kemp said he doesn't plan on attending any summer camps because of the schools who are interested in him, all have offered except Michigan. He'll take several unofficial, but plans to take his full allotment of five official visits and make a decision in early December.