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Demopolis (Ala.) athlete Demetrius Kemp committed to Southern Miss early in the recruiting process, but other programs jumped in the mix to gauge his interest as the Golden Eagles going 1-23 over the last two seasons. After an unofficial visit to Winston Salem, he decided to move on from USM and commit to Wake Forest.
"I spent a lot time with the safeties coach," Kemp said. "I really liked the environment. It's a great school educationally and they are in the ACC that is one of the top conferences. I feel like I can go there and make a name for myself."
Kemp said it was very hard to call Southern Miss to tell them he wasn't coming.
"It felt real weird doing it," Kemp said. "I like their reaction though. They told me they understood, but they were going to keep recruiting me."
The Golden Eagles may get their chance now that Jim Grobe resigned from Wake shortly after Kemp committed. He wants to learn more about the new staff.
"It kind of shook things up," Kemp said. "They said they are honoring my scholarship at Wake. I'm planning to take an official visit in January to see what's going on and to meet the new coaches."
He made his verbal pledge as a defense back, but Kemp said some schools want him as an athlete to make plays on offense.
"It doesn't really matter to me," Kemp said. "Some schools want me as an athlete and tell me what they are recruiting me as. The ones that make me pick, it's kind of hard decision. I just like to play."
Last weekend he took an official visit to Minnesota. He enjoyed his visit up north, save for the weather.
"It was cold, but everything else was pretty good," Kemp said. "The coaching staff and the players were great. I was up there with Cortez Lewis. We had a good time. Right now they are the No. 2 behind Wake."
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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