June 14, 2024

Duke has secured a commitment from three-star 2025 wide receiver Gerritt Kemp. Kemp chose Duke over offers from numerous Power Five programs. Initially planning to commit on May 18th, his birthday, Kemp delayed his decision to take an official visit to Ole Miss on May 31st before traveling to Duke with his family the following weekend.

Despite the postponement, Kemp followed through with his original intention to join the Blue Devils, making him the first wide receiver in Duke’s 2025 class. Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 185 pounds, Kemp’s athleticism and physique make him a promising college-level player. During his recruitment, Kemp received nearly twenty offers, including from Georgia, Michigan State, and NC State. However, the efforts of Duke’s coaching staff and the strong relationship they built with him ultimately led to his commitment.

“Every time I stepped on campus, I felt at home, even before I was offered,” Kemp told TheDevilsDen.com before his announcement. “It gave me a sense of security on campus and with the people there.”

 

Duke lands a commitment from Georgia WR Gerritt Kemp - On3

 

Wide receivers coach Zohn Burden, retained from the previous staff, prioritized Kemp and connected with his family, particularly his younger brother. Kemp appreciated the personal touches, such as letters addressed to his entire family, which made them feel welcomed.

Meetings with new head coach Manny Diaz, who took over last December, also played a crucial role in Kemp’s decision. “My second meeting with the head coach made me feel wanted and special, which is important to me as I love my family dearly. Their dedication to my recruitment and their vision for my future made me feel valued.”

Now committed, Kemp plans to focus on excelling in high school and has taken additional classes to graduate early in December, allowing him to enroll at Duke in January.

 

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