College Football Recruiting: Oregon State Beavers Give Quarterback A Homecoming

Joe Nicholson – USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon State Beavers scored a win on the college football recruiting trail securing a commitment from three-star quarterback Kyle Kempt. It wasn’t an easy recruitment, with late visits and decommitments, but Oregon State came out on top and give Kempt a chance for a homecoming of sorts.

Kempt originally lived in Oregon and visited Oregon State before moving to the midwest where he’s wrapping up his senior year at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. There, he was set to follow through on a commitment to the Cincinnati Bearcats, but backed out once Tommy Tuberville got the job. That opened the door for the No. 68 pocket passer nationally to trade in the Big East for the Pac 12.

Oregon State offered Kempt while he was in Corvallis on an official visit and the quarterback promptly accepted. The former Oregonian is excited about returning to the Pacific Northwest:

“Oregon State felt like a great fit and I was excited to receive the opportunity to play football there.

“I’m looking forward to the next few years of my life.”

The commitment of Kempt gives Oregon State their first, and likely only, quarterback recruit for the 2013 class. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound signal caller is a prototypical big-bodied pocket passer with a great upside to add bulk to his frame. He’s shown a nice ability to push the ball down the field with accuracy when allowed to set up and drive off his back foot while in the pocket.

He’ll get an opportunity to learn and grow behind a pair of decent quarterbacks in Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz, so the pressure won’t be on him to start right away. Mike Riley has shown a nice ability to develop talent in Corvallis and could mold Kempt into another solid Beavers’ quarterback down the line.

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