UCLA in Top Three for Carlo Kemp

Aug. 3 -- UCLA is in the top three for Carlo Kemp, but the four-star DE did just visit Michigan, and the Wolverines could be hard to beat...

Michigan hosted defensive end Carlo Kemp on a first-time visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend. The three-star hailing from Boulder (Colo.) Fairview came away impressed with all aspects of the Michigan program.

"It was just awesome," Kemp said. "I came in with very high expectations. When we finally got inside The Big House, it was different than anything I had ever experienced. All of my expectations were blown away. I saw the stadium when it was empty, and I can't even imagine what's it's like when it's full. That was my favorite part."

Kemp arrived at Michigan on Friday and departed on Sunday afternoon. He attended the "Barbeque at the Big House" on Saturday.

"I got to meet a lot of potential teammates, and it was kind of crazy being around that much talent at once," Kemp said. "There were so many really good players there."

The 6-foot-2 and 1/2, 258-pound athlete spoke in-depth with Michigan assistants defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Greg Mattison.

"I had never met coach D.J. before," Kemp said. "He was awesome. Just talking with him I could feel how much excitement he has for the game, and I could see how much excitement he brings to his players when he's coaching.

"I spent a ton of time with Coach Mattison. There's never a dull moment with him. He told me how much tradition Michigan has and that when you come to UM, you come to become the best player, student and person that you can be. It's a big deal to play at Michigan and not everyone gets this opportunity."

Kemp also spent one-on-one time with head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"He's so awesome," Kemp said. "He's a special person. He's a competitor. He's there to win a national championship. He displays a ton of energy about it, and you know he means it."

The staff projects Kemp at the BUCK position acting as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

"That's very appealing to me," Kemp said. "I know how important that position is to them. I let them how great it feels to be sought after this way."

On the recruiting front, Kemp has one official visit planned to Notre Dame for the weekend of Oct. 10 when the Irish take on Navy, and he plans to return to Michigan on an official as well.

"I will definitely be coming back to Michigan," Kemp said. "Nothing is scheduled yet, but I'm looking at the BYU game on Thursday night because we have a bye that weekend, so it would be perfect to squeeze in a visit to Michigan then."

Kemp says he's primarily focused on three schools at this point - Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA.

"This visit definitely gave (Michigan) an edge," Kemp said.

Kemp is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 39 defensive end in the Class of 2016.


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