Michigan freshman defensive end Carlo Kemp says 'Signing of the Stars' will impress other recruits for years to come.

Michigan freshman defensive end Carlo Kemp says 'Signing of the Stars' will impress other recruits for years to come.

A football feast fixed with all the celebrity trimmings, Michigan's first 'Signing of the Stars' event went off without a hitch Wednesday in Ann Arbor.

From Tom Brady to Derek Jeter to Ric Flair, the Wolverines welcomed the 2016 class to Michigan with a bang and even a few laughs, perhaps starting a trend that will make it's way across the college football landscape.

Among the early enrolled freshmen already on campus, Colorado defensive end Carlo Kemp says the huge event is and will be a major plus for Michigan moving forward.

"16 and 17 year olds are going to love this," Kemp said afterward. "If I knew this was going to happen I probably would've come even earlier, maybe last year or something like that. 

"This is an awesome experience, I'm just happy I was able to be a part of it. I'll remember Feb. 3, 2016 for the rest of my life."

For the 6-foot-3, 260-pound pass rusher, the first few weeks on campus have been something of a whirlwind.

"They've been hectic," he said. "They start out real calm, cool and relaxed when there was no football around. I got here and I was just kind of figuring it out, figuring out the scene, classes, getting my books and everything. 

"But now it's full go, we're doing football, lifts, running and now it's the grind so it's ramped up a lot these last few weeks."

Originally offering a verbal commitment to Michigan back on Nov. 8, 2015, Kemp quickly graduated high school early to head off to Ann Arbor after the holidays.

Part of the reason for selecting the Wolverines stemmed, in large part, to his relationship with Coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I've never met anyone like Coach Harbaugh, not even close," Kemp said. "The greatest thing about Coach Harbaugh is not what you see in the media, he's a human. 

"He's a guy that just wants to coach you up, joke with you, and if he has to climb a tree he will. He will make the ultimate sacrifice to satisfy your own needs."

As Michigan now shifts focus from the 2016 class to 2017, Kemp offered some advice to the next batch of Wolverines set to join him in Ann Arbor a year from now.

"One thing I always try to remember is this is the greatest stress of your life," Kemp said. "At times finding out where you're going to go play college ball for the next four years is really hard to do.

"It gets overwhelming having to take 30 minute phone calls every day for a year. You will never get this opportunity again so just enjoy it, live it up and have fun."


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