Kemp Will Stay In Missouri After All

De Smet Jesuit wide receiver Wes Kemp often teased teammate Robert Steeples by telling him he was going to join him by committing to Missouri, when in reality Kemp was still a member of the Wisconsin Badgers recruiting class. But tonight when Kemp told his MU-bound teammate they'd be lining up together again in college, he wasn't joking.

Kemp, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior rated a four-star prospect and the No. 33 wideout in the nation, switched his commitment from Wisconsin to Mizzou tonight. Steeples wasn't the only one who was jazzed to hear the news.
"They were ecstatic," Kemp said of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and assistant Cornell Ford, who he called tonight to break the news. "Coach Pinkel was talking about how this was shaping up to be one of the best classes."

Kemp has long been rumored to be considering Mizzou again; several family members attended MU, and his older sister is currently a junior here. But he said a few months ago he was very likely to stick with his pledge to the Badgers.

"I just had a lot of time over Christmas break to reflect on everything and crunch the numbers, and I felt it was the best decision for the home-state kid to go help the home-state school," he said. "It's great because my family and friends can all come and see me play at the home-state school."

As for the reaction of the coaching staff at Wisconsin, well, it was what you might expect, he said.

You're never going to have a really happy response when you lose a recruit to another school," he said.

Kemp's commitment is a big one because he's one of the top prospects in the state and another dangerous weapon in the Mizzou passing game. He expects to play the slot position currently manned by Danario Alexander, who Pinkel told him will move outside to replace Will Franklin.
v"I'm sure when I get on campus I'll be second-string, but in Missouri's offense that's not bad," he said. "Everybody gets a chance at the ball."v
Kemp maintained all along he was concerned about the lack of a proven quarterback behind Chase Daniel, but with Mizzou picking up commitments this fall from all-American senior Blaine Gabbert and junior standout Blaine Dalton, he began taking another look.

"Now they have Blaine Gabbert and Blaine Dalton in the wings, so I'm not too concerned," he said, laughing. "I know that I'll always have an all-American quarterback in the backfield."

As a senior Kemp caught 30 passes for 681 yards and six touchdowns. His addition to Mizzou's class is yet another boost to what has become one of the most impressive groups here in recent memory.

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