Signing Day Capsule: DL Carlo Kemp

Get to know 2016 Michigan defensive line signee Carlo Kemp on national signing day.



This recruitment has Greg Mattison's fingerprints all over it. Identified and recruited early on in the process, Mattison was the key player in Carlo Kemp's recruitment and ultimately the key reason Kemp committed to Michigan in November. Kemp is the number one player in the home state of Colorado and has family deeply rooted in football with the Pagano family.


"But what position will he play in college? No doubt in my mind that he stays on the defensive line. I think he would be a great defensive end in a 3-4 but he may grow into a defensive tackle. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, he has the frame to add weight and while I don't think he will grow into a 300 pounder, I think he could be in the 280-290 pound range and be an athletic three-technique in a 4-3 scheme." - Jeff Stroud


“Besides seeing 110,000 fans at the game it was definitely the family atmosphere from the coaches (and) how nice they are all of the time,” Kemp said describing what stood out most about his official visit earlier this fall..  “At practice they’re not yellers, they’re teachers.  They will yell like any other coach, but it’s not aggressive… it’s not harassment.  They just want you to be the best that you can be.  They’re teachers. They’ll break it down for you so you can get it right the next play.  When you do they’re all jumping (and) they’re all excited for you. It really just felt like a family.” 


Initially recruited and accepted as a BUCK linebacker, the need for him at that position will no longer be needed in defensive coordinator Don Brown's defensive scheme. Thus, his needs will likely be on the defensive line in what appears to be a defensive end position. With Harbaugh and staff not afraid to shuffle players in and out of the defensive line, enrolling early can give him a significant leg up in preparations for the season.

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