Cincinnati nabs ESPNU Watch List QB

Kyle Kempt was planning a decision soon but not this soon. The ESPNU Watch List quarterback from Massillon (Ohio) Washington did not think he would commit over the weekend on his visit to Cincinnati.

It’s funny how things work out, though. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pocket passer is the first commitment in the Bearcats’ 2013 class.

“I got a chance to watch practice and be in the meetings and talk with the staff a bit,” Kempt said. “It was a gut feeling I had. Out of all the trips and visits I felt this was the best one. I felt it was kind of like a home for me. I think when it came down to it that was a huge deciding factor.”

Kempt set a top three of Cincinnati, Indiana and West Virginia a little more than a week ago and made trips to all three over recent weeks. This was Kempt’s second trip to Cincinnati, and he said everything was perfect about it.

“I had no idea going down I’d commit,” he said. “I felt so good about the school. I felt like I’m not going to wait on this. It’s something I’m going to do now.”

Kempt has a similar look former UC quarterback Tony Pike. Pike played under former coach Brian Kelly. Bearcats coach Butch Jones followed Kelly at Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

“They believe my skill set will perfectly fit what they’re trying to do,” Kempt said. “They showed me a lot of film, showed me where I can fit. I agree with them that it will be a good fit for me.”

Kempt’s older brother, Cody, is a graduate assistant at Cincinnati, but it had no bearing on Kempt’s decision.

“Him being there did not factor in my decision,” he said. “He could be there only one year since it’s only a graduate assistant position … It’s an added bonus.”