Massillon (Ohio) Washington quarterback Kyle Kempt committed to Cincinnati last spring and was all set to sign with the Bearcats until head coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee. Now with Cincinnati's coaching transition complete, Kempt is starting the recruiting process over again.
"It was better for me to just decommit and open up all my options," Kempt said. "Cincinnati, I'm not considering them at all, so I didn't feel like I needed to be there anymore."
Prior to committing to Cincinnati, Kempt listed Indiana, Ole Miss, Tennessee, West Virginia, Bowling Green and Toledo. Contact with those schools stopped once he committed, but Kempt would be interested in re-opening those lines of communication.
"I haven't heard from any of them, but we could very likely be contacting them again," Kempt said. "We've been calling schools and sending out film. With a bunch of schools at bowl practice or on the road recruiting, we haven't heard much back yet."
Kempt does not have any official visits scheduled for the month of January, but is actively researching potential options with seven weeks remaining until National Signing Day.
"At this point I would say it really doesn't matter if they have a QB commit," Kempt said. "We're looking at specific offenses and what is going to be the best fit for me academically and athletically.
"We're pretty confident that another school will come through. Even if it is just one school or a couple schools, I feel like something will eventually come through and it will all work out fine."
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Kempt led Massillon Washington to an 11-2 record this past season by completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,100 yards and 32 touchdowns.