Nick Kemper decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by committing to the Miami RedHawks. But that wasn’t the deciding factor for Kemper to decide to play in Oxford, Ohio. In fact, it wasn’t much of a reason at all. In this Q&A Kemper discusses the reasons he came to Miami, the impact his father had on his decision, and what he hopes to bring to the table during his four years at Miami.
What was going through when you committed to Miami?
I just really wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. I didn’t want to disappoint anybody, but you have to sometimes. I felt it was right for me, I just needed to make sure I had no doubts.
What were the factors that made you comfortable in your decision?
I wanted a place I think I can play at. I also wanted a good education. Those were the two main things. Location wasn’t such a big deal.
In your last year of high school what do you plan to do to prepare you for college ball?
I’ve got to practice as hard as I can everyday and get as good as I possibly can.
What is the biggest strength you think you bring to Miami?
I’m a pretty good long snapper. I’m hoping that I can play that right away. I try to be tenacious.
You mentioned you’re a good long snapper, to go along with being a lineman. Have the Miami coaches given you guidance as to how you will fit into their system?
Definitely long snapper. They really need one right now. They told me when I was up there that they wished I didn’t have a year left because I could long snap from them right now. I’m also going to be playing center, and it will probably take a little more time to develop there. But, it won’t take very long to develop as a long snapper.
Do you see anything you want to improve on in your game before you get to Miami?
I want to get a little bigger, a little faster. Those are the big things when you get to college. It’s a lot bigger and a lot faster.
Your dad went to Miami. Often recruits do their best to stay away from where relatives played. Did the fact that your dad was a RedHawk help or hurt Miami’s chances during the recruiting process?
When Miami first offered, I wasn’t even thinking about them because my dad went there. But he didn’t tell me anything, he didn’t give me his opinion throughout the whole recruiting process. I just like Miami was the right place for me, not just because of him.
Is he happy now that you’re following in his footsteps and becoming a RedHawk?