Not too long ago, JoJo Kemp could see himself committing to USF prior to spring practice in May.
It wasn’t a guarantee that he would commit, but it was definitely a possibility.
The DeLand running back still favors the Bulls, but an influx of offers from BCS schools has caused Kemp to slow down his timetable.
“They’re still No. 1, but I’m trying to see what other schools are out there,” Kemp said. “I can’t just make a decision already without viewing every other school.”
Kemp (5-10, 190) is now up to 12 offers, with Pittsburgh offering this past weekend, to join recent offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Purdue and Minnesota. He said he would like to visit as many schools as possible before making a decision and specifically mentioned West Virginia and as a school he would like to see.
Despite the recent attention, the Bulls still have a firm lead on the race for Kemp, who routinely shows off his ‘go Bulls’ sign at off-season events.
Two weekends ago, Kemp visited USF for three days, staying with former DeLand teammate and current USF safety Mark Joyce.
“It was great. I got see the school, the coaching staff and the players,” Kemp said. “And I got all the camaraderie of it …The only thing that was different was that I was finally able to watch them practice and see how the coaches help the players out and stuff like that, so it was great.”
Prior to the visit, Kemp thought there was a chance he could commit to USF if things went well.
He loved his time in Tampa, but said every school that has offered is in contention, so Kemp will take his time and analyze all the new offers he’s gotten this past month. And he will enjoy the process along the way.
“It’s great to get all these offers rolling in,” Kemp said. “I’m blessed to have all these people watching me, thinking I’m a good player.”
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.
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