Irish offer one of Kemp’s ‘best days’

Four-star defensive end Carlo Kemp didn’t down play his emotions when Notre Dame offered. The product of Boulder, Colo., added the Irish to his scholarship list on Tuesday.

Notre Dame had been evaluating four-star defensive end Carlo Kemp for more than a year, and on Tuesday the Irish offered to the product of Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo.

“It feels really, really good,” Kemp said. “When I first started getting attention from them last year… and then going through the season and all of these camps, it feels so good to finally see it pay off and get rewarded for hard work.

“It’s been one of the best days I’ve ever had. The tradition of Notre Dame and it’s big-time football. It’s awesome they see me as a big-time football player.”

Kemp first jumped on Notre Dame’s radar at last year’s Irish Invasion.

“I met coach (Mike) Elston last year at camp, and he introduced himself,” Kemp said. “Then he flew to my school about a month ago, and that’s when I knew the interest had really increased.”

Peach Pagano, Carlo’s mother, texted her son on Tuesday an important message.  

“I got out of practice and she had texted in all capital letters to call coach Elston,” Kemp said. “One of the first things he said on the phone was, ‘hypothetically imagine that you had a Notre Dame offer.’ That’s when I smiled over the phone because even that question made me think I was in for some good news. And 30 minutes letter, he finally said the words I was being offered. I had to sit down on the ground.”

Notre Dame likes the 6-foot-3, 260-pound athlete at strong-side defensive end, though he is projected as an outside linebacker by some colleges in his recruitment.

Kemp listed Colorado, Michigan, UCLA and Stanford as other programs “making a big presence” in his recruitment. From that group only the Cardinal hasn’t offered.

“I don’t have any favorites,” Kemp said. “It’s still pretty early in my eyes. Going into the season, I’ll cut my list to five because you only get five official visits, which I’ll take in the fall before I commit and enroll early.”

Kemp does not have any set dates for visits this summer, but Notre Dame is a school he hopes to see.

“I definitely want to get to Notre Dame at some point before I start taking my officials,” Kemp said. “But I don’t have any dates or anything scheduled right now.”

Kemp is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 38 defensive end in the Class of 2016.


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