Gets offer he's been looking for

Cody Kempt got a call from a college last night, and it was a school he's been waiting to hear from. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound quarterback from Westview High School in Portland, Oregon (a three-star prospect) now has a chance to play in the Pac-10 if he wants to. But he's still checking out all his options.

"The University of Oregon offered me a sholarship tonight, around 9 o'clock," an excited Kempt told late Sunday night. "I talked with Coach (Neal) Zoumboukos and he wants me to take an official visit down there after the football season, sometime in December or January. I've also talked with Colorado and Coach (Shawn) Watson about visiting. I might visit during either the Missouri or Nebraska games."

The Ducks are usually methodical when it comes to extending scholarships, and it was no different with the recruitment of Kempt. "They told me their main focus was to see some senior film and see improvement. I sent my film down there, and they were impressed. Coach (Gary) Crowton and (Mike) Bellotti watched it and loved what they saw."

The Ducks already have a three-star QB commit in Hilmar, California's Nathan Costa. Costa is's 31st rated quarterback prospect nationally. "They have been open about that with me, telling me that they are going to take two quarterbacks, and maybe even three," Kempt said when asked about Oregon's recruiting strategy regarding quarterbacks.

"Everywhere I go there's going to be competition, so I won't let that bother me."

So what was Kempt's initial reaction after hearing the good news from Zoumboukos? "I said, 'Thank You!' and was very excited," he said. "But I didn't give them a verbal commitment. I sent film out to other colleges, and I want to wait and see. Coach Zoumboukos said that there was no hurry and that I could make a commitment whenever."

Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, Arizona State, Auburn and Louisville are all schools that Kempt is still actively checking out. Kempt has had previous conversations with Al Borges from Auburn and Brent Myers from Arizona State. Idaho and Portland State have also offered Kempt, but he doesn't appear to be seriously considering them at this time.

"I'd say I'm looking at them all equally right now, but Oregon has the upper hand," said Kempt when asked about favorite schools. "They are on the top of my list."

Being close to home is just one side benefit for Kempt if he decides to stay in-state, but in talking with Kempt, there are a myriad of reasons why he feels the college in Eugene just might be the best fit.

"Their offense, they run a shotgun-spread style, and we run a similar formation at Westview," he said. "I'm really comfortable in the shotgun. And Coach Crowton, he's a good offensive coordinator and I like him. He likes to pass the ball and put points on the board. Their facilities are top-notch, some of the best in the country. And their strength coach, Coach (Jim) Radcliffe, was my Dad's coach at Aloha (High School). Based on what my Dad has told me, I know he could make me faster and stronger."

Kempt plans on taking all five visits before he makes a final decision.

Going into Westview's game this past weekend at Liberty, Kempt was 57-108 for 860 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season and the Wildcats are second in state in points per game with 41.2 points per contest.

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