Kyle Kempt of Massillon, Ohio, made his second trip to the WVU campus on Sunday, and got his first chance to perform in front of the Mountaineer coaching staff. He didn't disappoint, showing excellent accuracy and good arm strength through drills and a series of one-on-ones.
The visit was a two-pronged one for Kempt, who picked up some tips but also was able to show his talents.
"I do want to impress the coaches, but at the same time they are giving us things we can work on and coaching us up," he said. "You want to take in what they say, and they want to see if you are a good student, and that you can put into practice what they are teaching you."
Kempt noted that the coaching he receives at camps usually falls in line with what he knows about quarterback play. At WVU's camp, he went through extended footwork drills, then progressed to throwing to receivers against no defense, and finally to some one-on-ones.
"The things we learn aren't substantially different from what I'm doing, so you can usually incorporate them," said Kempt, who showed excellent touch and good arm strength in the sessions.
The stop at West Virginia was just a midpoint on Kempt's summer tour. He's already made stops at Alabama and Toledo, and has plans to hit Notre Dame, Ohio State, Boston College and Michigan before his junior season gets underway. That might be an ambitious schedule for some, but for Kempt, who earned a scholarship offer from Stanford prior to his freshman season at Aloha High School in Portland, Ore., it's just the next step in what promises to be a dizzying recruiting process. Due to his father's transfer from Oregon to Ohio, Kempt came to Massillon last summer, and lost no time in putting up outstanding numbers as the Tigers' starting quarterback He completed 111 of 205 passes for 1,643 yards, and thus solidified his status as one of the top junior quarterbacks in the nation.
West Virginia is one of many schools in the mix, and although Kempt said he doesn't have any favorites yet, he did admit that he is building a tie to a West Virginia staffer.
"I have a good relationship with Coach Spav (Jake Spavital)," Kempt said. "He showed me a lot at the camp. I'm still gathering information on a lot of schools."
When he does begin narrowing down his list, there are several factors that will be involved.
"I want a school with great academics, coaching stability, and one that plays a style of offense that fits me. I want to be in a passing offense. I'm a dropback quarterback, and I can throw out of the shotgun too. I just want to be in a place that fits me."
Kempt is also benefiting from the experiences of older brother Cody Kempt, who is now a coach at Montana State.
"He went through the recruiting process, so he's seen it all, and that helps me a lot."