2015 WR Kemah Siverand Talks Recruiting, Eyes Buckeye Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on May 5, 2014 at 3:00p

In 2014, Ohio State identified Johnnie Dixon early as one of their priority recruits for the class despite the long-shot odds they had to pull the South Florida star north. Zach Smith and Urban Meyer felt Dixon was worth the effort and it paid off in December when the Miami star committed to the Buckeyes. It was Dixon's relationship with Meyer and Smith that pushed him away from conventional wisdom — that he'd stay home in sunny South Florida — and towards Columbus.

The Buckeyes are aggressively pursuing a number of talented wide receivers in 2015, and one of them is Houston's Kemah Siverand. Although he was offered by Ohio State in October of 2013, Siverand is a relatively new name but one that bears watching as the summer approaches. He was visited by Zach Smith last week and he says the Buckeyes are doing things the right way.


"I hear from (Ohio State) the right amount of times," Siverand told Eleven Warriors of his relationship with the Buckeyes. "They contact me at the appropriate times and Coach Smith is a cool dude that I can clear conversation's with."

With 17 current offers, Siverand — a consensus four-star wide receiver ranked 17th nationally — has a lot of schools contacting him regularly. His 247Sports.com "crystal ball" currently has him leaning heavily towards the Aggies of Texas A&M, but he says he's wide open. Last year, Siverand told the Aggies 247Sports site that he was unlikely to look out of the state but that too, has changed, according to the 6-foot-0, 185-pounder.

"Whereever I feel suits me best, that's where I'll end up," he said. "I'm looking for a place that feels like home since I'll be there three-to-five years."

In order for the Buckeyes to make themselves a true threat to the Texas schools, Siverand will need to find the time and opportunity to visit Columbus. He says that is something that could happen relatively soon, if things work out the way he'd like.

"I'm thinking heavily about going to the NFTC in Columbus, I'm not sure how (a potential trip to Ohio in a month) positions my parents financially, and I'm not the kid to have them bend over backwards to accommodate me," Siverand said. "I really want to go to The Opening and I know I have to earn that invitation. I went to the NFTC in Houston but only three people got invites that day."

Aside from his developing relationship with Smith, Siverand thinks Ohio State's proud tradition and Urban Meyer's influence make the Buckeyes an attractive option.

"Ohio State is a prestigious university, they've always accomplished a lot and they've done that since (Urban) Meyer has been there," he said of the Buckeyes. "I remember watching the 2007 national championship game when Ted Ginn, Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. I like how they spread the field and I know they like to get running backs and receivers involved in their offense."

Siverand, who caught 25 passes for 611 yards and seven scores as a junior, was a first team all-district selection in Houston. His game, as you can see from his highlights, is more than just speed and running routes. He blocks well and he leads his team with competitive fire. 

"I know college coaches evaluate players on film and a lot of the time it seems like it happens more for the guys who get the ball more," he said. "With me, a lot of coaches tell me that my character on and off the field, the way I handle my grades and the way I play the game that I am different. I have to make the most of the opportunities that I get."


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BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Sounds like a really good kid, smart too. Hopefully he makes it up to Columbus (and to The Opening).

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BroJim's picture

Impressed with this kid, I bet his parents are really proud. I hope we can get him in our locker room, sounds like a class act. 

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

We like to get running backs and wide receivers involved in our offense? I guess that does make us pretty unique doesn't it?

jaxbuckeye's picture

That's just wrong man. Did make me laugh though. I assume he meant in dynamic ways as opposed to the three yards and a cloud. 

Horvath22's picture

Sounds like a bright young man. Love to get him on campus.

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BuckeyeJ's picture

Looks like he plays a lot bigger than his size suggest. He caught some balls on that film that deff made him look great but saved the qbs butt! Liked how he blocks well also. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I'm not the kid to have them bend over backwards to accommodate me," Siverand said.

This. We need more kids (at tOSU, or anywhere for that matter) like this.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

No doubt.
Not that my $0.02 is even worth that, but Im sold.

seafus26's picture

Great district he plays in. I hope his grades are good though, because Cy Ridge has the worst academics and crime in the district. They put out some athletes. What was that QB made WR by LSU named? He was close to if not the number one recruit in the country 5-6 years ago. Anyway, that kid went to the same HS and plenty of athletes since. He plays his home games in  the $83 million dollar Berry Center. So he sees big environments (for HS).

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Zimmy07's picture

Are you in Cy-Fair?  My kids will go to Cy Springs next year but I think they're done w/ football.  I'm not pushing it as I've heard that that HS does not have a good coach - something about one win in 3 years is what someone told me.


seafus26's picture

I was. I live up on Lake Conroe, now. My kid will attend Montgomery HS. I was part if the beginning of Cy Falls (first graduating class first varsity). After the trip to the state title game they slowly went down hill and Raffield left to get outta district. He got tired of CFISD constantly changing the lines of who will feed into which HS. He couldn't set up any programs with youth leagues and junior highs to have them prepped his way and not have to spend so much time teaching his system once they are in campus. They have plummeted since he left. The school has gone downhill too, with all the apartments recently built near it. From what I still hear down there Cy Fair is the one the parents are pushing their kids towards due to acedimics. We used to pick on them something fierce cause they were less than a mile from us and their school and everything was so old. Nothing wrong with not playing football. After all its the top baseball district in state. 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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OSU069's picture

Russel Shepard maybe?

seafus26's picture

That's it.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Nice article, Jeremy. You seem to find top-notch kids to profile. The young man is clearly smart and of high character.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Appreciate it. Ohio State has done a remarkable job of finding high character kids to recruit, honestly. 

BeijingBucks's picture

Love the ted Ginn reference. Still remember how that run back felt too.

He picked a reference to get the avge OSU fan intrigued. 

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