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CMB receiver gives verbal commitment to D-I school

BAXTER — Bryce Kemp described his verbal commitment to play NCAA Division I football as “a weight lifted off my shoudlers.”

Kemp, who is entering his senior season at Collins-Maxwell/Baxter, gave a verbal commitment July 31 to play at Eastern Michigan.

The Raider wideout caught 28 passes for 604 yards and 11 touchdowns a season ago. Of all players with at least 25 receptions last fall, Kemp’s 21.6 yards per catch average was 12th highest in the state.

“My visit was great there,” he said. “Really nice to me. They took me around and showed me around campus. I got to sit in with the coaches and they talked to me, even talked to the head coach the first time I got to visit there, so that was really nice.”

Eastern Michigan’s head coach is Chris Creighton, who was hired in December after 17 seasons as the head coach at Drake. Creighton compiled a school-record 139-46 mark and won eight Pioneer Football League conference championships.

“I love the coaches there. They’re all great,” Kemp said. “Coach Creighton is new there. He was formerly the head coach at Drake and brought that program up, so I’m ready to see what he’s going to do at Eastern Michigan.”

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