One of Paul Chryst's basic principles is that 'it's football.'
When Chryst says it, he's referring to how sometimes things get over-exaggerated, or over-simplified--reminding us that things come down to just playing football.
When three-star running back JoJo Kemp makes the trip all the way from Deland, Florida, one might think the Pitt staff would have to go above and beyond to impress a Florida prospect.
Not quite. When you talk to Kemp, you talk to a prospect who bases himself on Chryst's ideas that 'it's football.' His visit came down to two simple principles. One was having a freshman at his position, Rushel Shell, serving as his host. The other was sitting and talking football with running backs coach Desmond Robinson.
"It was just me and Rushel Shell," Kemp said. "He talked about how Pitt likes to dominate running the football, things like that. We went to the basketball game. A lot of people were coming up to us and saying 'hi.'"
Twice on the trip, Kemp had a chance to spend some time with Robinson.
"I met everybody on the staff," Kemp said. "I talked to Coach Chryst a lot. He pulled me aside. We talked a lot about playing time, with Coach Robinson too. We talked about the running back depth chart, about everything, and it all sounds good."
So good, in fact, that when asked to rate the visit on a scale of 1 to 20, Kemp picked a pretty high number.
"I'd rate it a 20, on a scale of 1 to 10," Kemp answered.
"Just because of Coach Robinson and Rushel Shell," Kemp said. "When I think of this visit, I'll think of sitting in Coach Robinson's office watching film; just football. He's real personable."
Kemp also chimed in on some of the other perks of the visit, mainly the food.
"I liked the Cathedral of Learning, I liked going to Jerome Bettis' Grill 36," Kemp said. "I liked Heinz Field, too. Who wouldn't want to play there? We did eat good, that's for sure. I think I gained 25 pounds on this trip."
"I want to get to Kentucky, and I want to get down to South Florida," Kemp said. "Same thing as with Pitt. I just want to see their depth at running back, see what kind of community they have, and see how the town is."
In 2012, Kemp rushed for over 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, on his way to all-county honors.