Defensive Tackle Kemp Gaining Attention

Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney's Clayton Kemp has multiple spring visits planned as he continues to gain exposure as a 2015 prospect. The 6-foot, 275-pound nose tackle has two Big Ten visits set, and is exploring many more this spring.

Defensive tackle Clayton Kemp spent a significant portion of his childhood in the backyard of Rutgers. Now as a rising senior at Holmdel (N.J) St. John Vianney, Kemp is being recruited by the Big Ten bound Scarlet Knights.

Kemp set up an unofficial visit to campus for the start of spring practice, and is eager to learn more about the program.

"I know a lot of kids there that they offered or were recruiting," Kemp said. "I know a couple of kids on the team. I'm moving to Piscataway now, so I live five minutes from Rutgers right now. I also lived in Piscataway for four or five years earlier, so I've been to the Rutgers games and seen them play. I've always been having an eye on Rutgers."

The 275-pound defensive tackle is a shade taller than 6-foot, and projects as one of the top prospects in his area. His size and junior film earned him interest from Rutgers, Maryland and West Virginia.

Kemp aims to visit all three this spring, and will be at Pennsylvania March 8.

"I'm hearing a whole lot from schools now," he said. "I'm talking to them more now that Signing Day is over. It's really exciting, especially Maryland and Rutgers. Talking to [Rutgers defensive line coach Jim] Panagos, I was excited to talk to him."

Kemp spent a chunk of time Sunday on the phone with Panagos, who helped recruit defensive end Donald Bedell out of Monmouth County in 2014.

"I loved it," Kemp said. "He's a great guy. I got to talk to him when I went to the game where they played Eastern Michigan. We sat there and talking for about 15 or 20 minutes. I would love to play for him at the next level."

Kemp has plans to visit Maryland and West Virginia for juniors days or spring practices, as well.

"I'm going to Maryland's junior day on Saturday," Kemp said. "I don't know any players that go there, but I have a lot of friends that visited there and said it's a beautiful campus and everything's great. I'm really big into them moving to the Big Ten. It's the same thing with Rutgers. That really attracted me to both schools. I talked to the coaches on and off, and I'm really excited to see the school. I hope to see a lot at their junior day."

Kemp plans to major in business and minor in accounting at whatever school he chooses to attend. He is in his third year at St. John Vianney after transferring from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep as a freshman.

"I want a community and an education," Kemp said on his goals. "I want to make sure colleges can offer me both fields. I know Rutgers has a great business program. That really attracts me a lot. I want to make sure that it's a good fit with the students and the campus. How good are the students at the games? I want to love the community of a big football school. I want to make sure I feel at home wherever I go."


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