Joe Kemp Makes Verbal Committment To Tulane

Joe Kemp Makes Verbal Committment To Tulane

Well, we started football practice yesterday. We're in shorts until Friday. I made it down to Tulane to check it out last Monday. They didn't even have a camp this summer because their facilites weren't ready because of work going on because of Katrina. They're ready now,

Joe Kemp, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound quarterback from North Richland High School in Richland, Texas, verbally committed to head coach Chris Scelfo's Tulane Green Wave during an unofficial visit to the New Orleans school on Aug. 7.

TI caught up with Joe at home Tuesday evening. Here's the take.

TI: Joe, congratulations on committing to Tulane. Let's start by telling us how you've been spending your summer.
JK: Well, we started football practice yesterday. We're in shorts until Friday.

I made it down to Tulane to check it out last Monday. They didn't even have a camp this summer because their facilites weren't ready because of work going on because of Katrina. They're ready now, though.

And I worked out every day and threw every morning with my team. We were in 7-on-7 tournaments every weekend. I went to camps at TCU, Houston and Kansas.

TI: Now let's catch up - what's your height and weight? 40 time?
JK: I'm 6-foot-4, 218-pounds. I run a 4.71 - 4.72, pretty consistently in low 4.7s.

TI: What was last season like for North Richland?
JK: Last year wasn't the greatest year. I threw for the 1,500 yards, but that doesn't mean anything because you work to win games. We went 1-9 and the team winning games is what matters. That's what I'm concerned about. I'm looking to get this to improve.

It doesn't mean much to get the yardage when you don't win.

TI: How's next season shaping up for you guys?
JK: I think we'll be a whole lot better. Last year we started 6-7 sophomores on each side of the ball, so we'll be a lot stronger team this year. And our running back Brian Thedford and I are three- year starters, so I think we'll be a whole lot better.

TI: About academics. Do you expect to qualify without any problem?
JK: Oh, yeah. I'm a good student, not a great student. I haven't taken the SAT yet. I'm going to take it in October. I won't have any problem. I've taken the PSAT several times, and I'm a member of the National Honor Society. I've got a 92-93 grade point average. I'll do alright.

TI: So, about recruiting. Did you have any other offers?
JK: Tulane was my only written offer. Kansas made a verbal offer. Most people said that coming off last season, they wanted to watch me as a senior before deciding whether to make an offer.

TI: Joe, finally, what sold you on Tulane?
JK: Honestly? It was the academic part, Tulane's one of the better academic schools in the country. We went down there to check it out last Monday. When we got there I liked the coaches a lot. I liked the town and the campus pretty well. It's a beautiful campus. So I could have waited, but why wait? Everything I wanted was there.

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