BOULDER, Colo. -- Carlo Kemp projects as one of the top Colorado-based prospects in the class of 2016. He already holds three scholarship offers and has the body of a BCS prospect. He plays his high school football down the street from the University of Colorado's Boulder campus.
But keeping the 250-pound defensive end anywhere near CU or the state's borders at large is going to be chore. That much is clear already.
"I'm actually trying to get away from home to see what I can do on my own away from here," Kemp said on Friday. "I'm just taking it one day at a time, though."
Colorado, Colorado State and Boise State have already made things official with scholarship offers, but other schools have also dipped their respective toes into the junior-to-be's recruitment. College coaches are starting to funnel through the hallways of Fairview High School, and Kemp is intrigued by the ones that have stopped by so far.
"Stanford and UCLA have both been here at my school," Kemp said. "They're both kind of talking to me and recruiting, but no offers or anything."
But Kemp has his eyes fixed a potential offer from Notre Dame. The Irish are yet to make contact with him. So Kemp, who grew up rooting for the program, has decided to take his talent to South Bend instead of waiting for a phone call or Facebook message from the staff.
"I'm going to go to the Notre Dame camp in June." Kemp said. "I just love the tradition there and what the stand for. I'm also going to try to pick a school that's big on academics, and that's something Notre Dame does.
With no other summer visit plans, Notre Dame's camp is currently the only recruiting date circled on Kemp's schedule. He intends to wait until next offseason to dial up the intensity on his travel. Hi recruiting plan is of the long-term variety.
For now, Kemp spends his time soaking in the recruiting attention that continues to build. He's still taken back by every new offer and every shred of college interest.
"I was pretty shocked that these offers came so soon," Kemp said. "I'm just a little kid. I wasn't expecting anything ever, but to get these offers so early is crazy."
As a junior, Kemp helped lead Fairview to a