Florida RB headed to UK this weekend

Kentucky will be getting an official visit from one of the Sunshine State's top running backs this weekend. Read more about him in this KyScout feature.

Three-star Deland (Fla.) High School running back JoJo Kemp will be heading north this weekend for an official visit with Kentucky.

Kemp confirmed his visit with KentuckyScout tonight and says he's looking forward to seeing what Lexington and UK are like.

"Their new coaches got in touch with me and told me how I'd be a perfect fit for the spread offense that they're going to run," Kemp said. "A lot of the stuff they do, I've been doing at our school. I really like the way they spread the field and give their backs chances to make things happen in open space, also the way they throw the ball to the backs a lot."

Kemp (5-11, 190, 4.55) was originally committed to South Florida, but re-opened the recruiting process toward the end of a senior season which saw him rush for 1,464 yards and 23 touchdowns on 256 carries. He was a first-team Class 8A all-state selection in Florida.

He has taken three official visits to date -- West Virginia, Nebraska and Pittsburgh -- but is no longer considering the Cornhuskers.

"The others are all pretty much even until I finish my visits," said Kemp, who is considering Tennessee for his fifth and final official visit permissible by NCAA rules.

Asked what other factors attracted him to Kentucky, Kemp said: "It's a chance to get on the field early and show up in the SEC. But even bigger than that, I've been thinking a lot about my future after football, and I know Kentucky's a great school. I could get a really good education there and prepare for my future."

Kemp said he's interested in getting a degree in the communications field and hopes to be a sports broadcaster after his playing days are complete.

"I've also been getting to know the running backs coach pretty well," Kemp added. "Coach (Chad) Scott is a good guy. I've enjoyed talking to him and hearing what he has to say."

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