Keeping Tabs on Ricardo Kemp

No. 1 ranked Warren High School (Arkansas Class-AAA) was knocked off by perennial power Pulaski Academy Friday in a 44-39 shootout at Little Rock, but UT commitment Ricardo Kemp proved he's an outstanding prospect who is sure to grow in stature his senior season.

Hailing from the same high school that produced UT receiver Brett Smith and defensive back Roshaun Fellows — that information comes as no surprise. Yet, it is good confirmation that the Vols picked up a good early commitment from a player that came in under the national recruiting radar.

Playing running back, receiver and defensive back Kemp did nearly enough by himself to lift the Lumberjacks to victory. In fact, he scored his fourth touchdown on the game on a five-yard run with 39 seconds left to put Warren ahead 39-38. However Pulaski Academy put together a long drive that was aided by three penalties and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 14-yard pass with double zeros showing on the clock. There was 1.6 seconds left on the game clock when the ball was snap, putting the final play in motion.

Kemp finished his stellar night with 181 total yards from the line of scrimmage. He had two touchdowns receiving and ran for two scores. Kemp's high point against PA came on a 93-yard scoring gallop with 2:09 remaining in the first half. He accounted for 26 of his team's 39 points.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Kemp rushed for 1,500 yards as a junior to earn all-state honors. He was also a first team all conference point guard in addition to being a starter for the Lumberjacks baseball squad. A sprinter in track, Kemp runs a 4.5 time in the 40 and has outstanding transition skills. He projects as a corner for the Vols but could play wide receiver on the next level.


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