Boulder (Colo.) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp could make a decision as early as this month.
Kemp recently scheduled an official visit to Michigan for the weekend of Sept. 25 when the Wolverines take on BYU. Also on his schedule is an official visit to Notre Dame two weeks later to see the Irish take on Navy.
“For me, when I know, then I know,” Kemp said. “Gotta pull the trigger and be happy with your decision if you know that’s where you want to go. You don’t want to lose your spot. I feel like committing when I’m on a visit might happen for me. It might be after the first visit, it might be after the second visit, or it might after my fourth or fifth and it gets a lot harder because I have more schools to consider.
“For sure, if I know, then I’ll be set with my decision.”
What will make Kemp sure he’s ready to commit? The 6-foot-3, 258-pound athlete doesn’t know.
“That’s a hard question because I haven’t had that feeling yet,” Kemp said. “I don’t know what it feels like. I think it’s something inside of you. When you step on campus and step inside the stadium of 100,000 people, it will be a unique feeling you get like I’m supposed to represent this school.”
Kemp has visited both Notre Dame (June 2014) and Michigan (August 2015) on unofficial visits.
Joining him on his Michigan visit this month will be his mom and potentially younger brother and grandfather. When Kemp travels to Notre Dame, his mom, younger brother, grandfather and grandmother will make the trip with him.
“Malik Zaire looked phenomenal,” Kemp said. “He was incredible. That was an awesome game.”
“I really like the relationships that I have with (quarterbacks coach) Taylor Mazzone and (graduate assistant) Taylor Embree at UCLA,” Kemp said. “I talk to them every week or every two weeks. Plus it’s a beautiful place with the beach right there. It’s hard to beat a campus like that. And their football program is headed in the right direction. Hopefully I will see them in the Pac-12 Championship this year.”
Colorado ranks among the schools recruiting Kemp hardest.
“I will definitely take an official visit to Colorado,” Kemp said. “Their campus is only about five minutes from my house, so it’s more convenient to set something up. It’s just a matter of figuring out my schedule and picking the best game.”
If Kemp elects to take a fifth official visit it figures to go to another Pac-12 school.
“The fifth spot is still open,” Kemp said. “I don’t want to take it too late in the year because I want it to be for a football game. I am hearing from Stanford and Oregon right now, so I’m waiting to hear what their next move is with me.”