Kemp holding Nebraska offer

Maurice Purify might have legitimized the wide receiver position at Nebraska. The Huskers are finding success in an area that under the old, option offense was unimaginable when it comes to getting wide receivers. The west coast offense and the upcoming graduation of Maurice Purify has Wes Kemp eyeing opportunity in Lincoln.

Juniors are seeing a glimpse of what recruiting their senior years should be. Wes Kemp, a 6-foot-3 and 227-pound wide receiver from St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet Jesuit said that it's already been overwhelming.

"It's picking up definitely since signing day," Kemp said. "It's been picking up with the text messages and the letters. I have been talking to the coaches more and more. It's been overwhelming at points, but it's a nice process."

"It's all good. There is no such thing as bad recruiting. It's all about my future. I mean, this about playing college football."

With Kemp's height and athleticism, you could expect that he played basketball. That was true until the beginning of his junior year. "I did play basketball last summer, but I decided to give it up to concentrate on football. I already made that cut."

Without basketball practice to observe, college coaches can come in and still see Kemp work out at the school. He said that he does see a lot of coaches at his school.

"Mostly of the coaches just come in and talk to me. There is also a chance to come in and watch me train. I train six days a week and do it about two hours every time."

As a receiver, there is a big difference between Kemp and everyone else. Kemp has unreal size for a wide receiver, but still has very good speed. He can make a key block as easily as he could catch a big pass.

"I think that my physical strength is very good. Just when it comes to blocking and it means just as much to the team and more to me to make the block on a big run as it does to catch a 90 yard touchdown."

"I think that my height, my size and my strength that I have a physical dominance over cornerbacks and safeties or I can crack back on a linebacker. I think that I can do that just as well as catching a long pass and I can do that better than other receivers."

"I think that my size and strength too helps with yards after the catch. Just getting the ball and toying with the little cornerbacks and running people over. It's fun."

Last season Kemp battled some injuries and his junior numbers were lower than his sophomore numbers. He knows that there will be an emphasis to get the ball to him this fall.

"I think that in nine games I had 780 yards and eight touchdowns. It was a slow-paced season in comparison to my sophomore year because it was injury plagued. We are going to definitely going to try and get those numbers up next year."

Despite not having quite the numbers that he did as a sophomore, Kemp still hauled in good honors as a junior. "I got first team all-state and all-metro."

Teams has taken notice of Kemp as well. He is currently up to six offers with the home state having offered right after Kemp's sophomore year.

"I am up to six offers. They're from Missouri, Ole Miss, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Missouri was the first to offer me. I think that I got that the summer before my junior year."

Kemp has some spring and summer plans already for some trips. He has a couple of combines set and a couple of junior days. The list is still subject to change.

"I do have a combine plan in Chicago for Nike. I am going to a Nike training combine in June. Then I am going to a junior day at Missouri. I am also going to try and get to a junior day at Michigan."

Kemp said that there are three teams that are standing out in front of the pack right now. "Yes, I have thought about my leaders. I have a pretty clear view who is at top. I would say it was Wisconsin, Nebraska and Missouri."

Kemp said that he has given some thought to what he is looking for in a school. He would like to stay close, but if he's comfortable he could leave the area. He is also looking for his major, a good school and a chance to play.

"I am open to just about anything. I mean, I don't want to go too far, but after talking to some coaches from some schools I wouldn't mind going a little further away. I am kind of up in the air on that."

"I am going to study business administration. I just want to see how I fit in at the school in the coaches' eyes. I also want to see how quickly I can see the field at each school."

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