Quarterback is usually one of the first positions teams look to recruit in order to build the class around, but that isn't the way things turned out in 2013 for Oregon State. Kyle Kempt, the Massillon (Ohio) Washington quarterback didn't see his recruitment go as he had planned either. Now the Beavers and Kempt have found that things can work out, even if they started down differing paths in the beginning.
For the 6-foot-5, 200 pound Kempt, after having lots of early offers from the likes of Tennessee, Ole Miss, and West Virginia among others, he committed to Cincinnati and never looked back. That was until earlier this month when a coaching change with the Bearcats left Kempt high and dry looking for a new home.
He picked up offers from Toledo and Connecticut within the past week and hosted Oregon State offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf earlier in the week. Langsdorf took a copy of Kempt's senior film and invited him to make an official visit this weekend.
On Saturday night, Kempt received an offer from the Beavers and committed to Coach Riley.
"Coach Riley brought me into his office and we had a really long talk. He told me that he wanted me to be a Beaver and offered me a scholarship," Kempt said. "It feels awesome to be a Beaver, especially after the events that have happened so far this January."
Kempt is originally from Aloha, Oregon a suburb of Portland and it was quite a homecoming for him.
"I felt very familiar driving around Portland and brought back a lot of memories," Kempt said. "It was a great visit overall and my Mom and Dad came too. They are really excited for me."
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion acted as Kempt's host and he used the opportunity to find out exactly what it was like to be a student-athlete in Corvallis.
"I've already gone through the recruiting process so long ago that I knew what to look for this time around," he said. "Oregon State has great academics. The coaches are all great, the players are great and the people around the program really stood out to me. It is just a great atmosphere."
Academics were big for Kempt in selecting a program. He currently holds a 4.25 GPA and will be class valedictorian when he graduates this spring. He plans to study engineering at Oregon State and he was blown away by the program.
He plans to sign his Letter of Intent on February 6 with Oregon State and enter the Bridge Program in July.