The University of Hawaii received some good news for once with the verbal commitment from wide receiver Marcus Kemp. Brandon Huffman of Scout.com tweeted Tuesday night: "Layton (Utah) receiver Marcus Kemp has committed to Hawaii..." Kemp said: "I really like the coaches and the program." (Source - ESPN)
Kemp is from Layton, Utah, in the northern part of the state and stands 6'4" and weighs 180 pounds. He's rated a two-star player by 247 Sports.
So far this season, Kemp has 31 receptions and seven touchdown catches to go along with 49 tackles and two interceptions on defense where he is a free safety. The team he plays for is the Layton High School Lancers who have a losing record this season.
When you watch video of Kemp, because he's lanky, it doesn't look like he's fast but Kemp did show good leaping ability and speed. He plays a multitude of positions and looked as good on defense as he did on offense - in other words, a good all-around football player. Kemp will likely play wide receiver for the Warriors.
Also, Huffman (from Scout.com) observed Kemp at a 7on7 camp and added that the recruit had good size and speed and liked what he saw.
From Chow's Utah days
When Chow was coaching as the offensive coordinator at Utah, he had his eye on Kemp and in-turn it seemed that the high school senior was waiting for Chow, accepting the moment the school offered a scholarship. Defensive line coach Lewis Powell recruited Kemp but he made his commitment to Chow.
It was thought that Hawaii may have another commitment from Fitou Fisiiahi though he's only a junior (source - Star Advertiser). He has given the Warriors a soft commit but will continue to entertain other offers. Fisiiahi is a linebacker and fullback but the Hawaii coaching staff is mainly looking at his running back skills. He plays for the Cougars of Kaiser High School in East Honolulu (Hawaii Kai).
Officially, this gives the Warriors four commitments for the 2013 season including offensive lineman John Wa'a, quarterback Aaron Zwahlen and JC transfer defensive end Charlie Tua'au.
Sources - Yahoo! Sports, University of Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go 'Bows!