QB Kempt Likes Irish; Feeling Mutual?

Washington High (Massillon, Ohio) quarterback Kyle Kempt camped at Notre Dame last month, and although the class of 2013 signal caller didn't come away with an offer, he came away feeling good about the Irish. Kempt spoke to IrishEyes.com about the experience, and more importantly, what he is hearing about an offer from Notre Dame.

Unless something changes dramatically, Notre Dame will not take a quarterback in the 2012 class.

However, one will be part of the 2013 fold, and one of the early targets is 6-foot-5, 195-pound Washington High (Massillon, Ohio) standout Kyle Kempt.

Kempt, who already holds verbal offers from Stanford, Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia, camped at Notre Dame last month, and impressed the coaching staff.

"It was really great. The camp went well," Kempt said. "The coaches liked what they saw and I actually got a tour afterward of the entire campus. The tradition and the history of it all (stood out). It's a pretty amazing campus.

"Just seeing it all, it seems like it's so tradition-rich, and I actually go to a high school that is tradition-rich, so it almost felt like I was at home there."

During his visit, Kempt spoke with the Notre Dame staff about a possible offer.

"They're going to wait until September or October to make a move on quarterbacks in the 2013 class, but they are showing a lot of interest in me," Kempt said. "I'm hoping they do offer, but it's going to take some time before anything actually happens."

Kempt's increased attention comes after an impressive spring camp circuit, and following a breakout sophomore season in which he completed 111 of 205 passes for 1,643 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

"Academics are a huge part of what I look for in a school, and then I'm looking for the atmosphere, the stability in the coaching staff," Kempt said. "I'm definitely looking for the style of offense they'll run. I'm more of a drop back, pro-style, but I can run spread and some of the various kinds of offenses that throw a lot."

Kempt is familiar with Irish coach Brian Kelly's offense, and he believes he can be successful in it.

"I'm athletic enough to do that," Kempt said, "but I know they pass enough that it fits my style." Kempt is now getting ready for the season, but also is looking at visiting a number of schools when Washington High's schedule allows.

"I'm going to be able to go out and see a couple of games with college, and Notre Dame is definitely on that list right now," he said. "I'm not sure when that will be because we're still looking at our schedule to see when I can do those things."

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