Carlo Kemp has made it a point to not get overwhelmed by recruiting. The Boulder (Colo.) Fairview star has managed to that by keeping much of his process close to the vest and prioritizing academics and his current team. Along the way, however, he was able to take a look at a few of his top suitors. This weekend he will take a look at another.
“We will be (on Michigan’s campus) next weekend,” Kemp’s mother Peach Pagano said. “We went to Stanford in April and then we were already down to Notre Dame last year. He did pick Notre Dame and Michigan on official visits. We’ve just had seven-on-seven all summer and he’s a team player and he didn’t want to leave his team. This is the first time (this summer) we’re going to be leaving. “
Kemp’s limited travels to date have kept him from narrowing down his list, but the four-star athlete appears to be getting closer to selecting the group of favorites to which he will take visits.
“Once he gets to Michigan I think he’ll have a better idea (of what his leaderboard is),” Mrs. Pagano said. “He’s definitely trying to figure it out that’s for sure. He wants to get this trip in and he really can’t wait to get there. We all can’t. Then we’ll go from there and see.”
The Wolverines have a few very appealing attributes, one of which is Greg Mattison’s strong relationship with Kemp’s family thanks to his longtime friendship with talented youngster’s uncle, Indianapolis Colts headman Chuck Pagano. Another is their decision to recruit the Kemp as a hybrid DE/LB (i.e. Michigan’s BUCK position) from the very beginning. It’s the role he’d like to play in college, and the role he will be playing for Fairview this year.
“They’re just making that switch,” Mrs. Pagano said regarding her son’s high school team. “They’re going to use him all over the place actually because when he lined up as defensive end last year, they all ran away from him. Towards the middle of the season they started to mix it up, a little bit and then he was busting through there, but it was frustrating just because when they knew where he was lining up, they were going the opposite way. You’re definitely going to see different in the 3-4 type of situation and maybe rushing on third down.”
“He has (worked at LB in seven-on-sevens) and a lot of people are liking him out in space and seeing him out there.”
Count Michigan’s coaches among that group.