Florida Linebacker Prospect Has Plenty Of Offers

This talented defensive prospect has a large offer list and talks about his early favorites, including Auburn.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Ryan Stamper is a talented linebacker prospect from First Coast High School who made a strong impression at an Auburn camp this summer.

The 6-2, 212-pounder also racked up a ton of scholarship offers during the summer and found out about another one once school started back. "Ole miss offered in a letter," Stamper says. "I get letters at home and at school so during the summer I wasn't getting my letters they were sending to school and when I finally got them I found out they had offered me.

"Everybody in ACC except Miami, Florida State and the Virginia schools," Stamper adds about his long offer list. "And in the SEC, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, and Syracuse, Connecticut, Central Florida, South Florida."

The big-time prospect also notes that since coaches have now been able to call prospects again his phone has been ringing off the hook. "Wednesday I got a lot of calls," Stamper notes. "Georgia Tech, Maryland, Auburn, Clemson, Indiana, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and South Carolina called. And some other schools called while I was on the line with other coaches, but I didn't get to talk to them."

With all of the attention from so many colleges it can be tough for a prospect to make up his mind, and Stamper says that is no different for him. "Yeah, you could say that I am pretty wide open right now," he notes.

However, he does explain that a few colleges have caught his attention, but adds that it is still early in the recruiting process. "I would say that the teams that stand out right now would be Auburn, Clemson and North Carolina State, and I like Georgia Tech a little too," he says. "But, you could say I am still pretty wide open because--the reason I say Auburn and Clemson is because I have already visited up there. So, I am real comfortable with them, but, the other schools, I haven't really given them a chance yet."

Ryan Stamper

The senior adds that there are some different reasons that each of his early favorites stand out.

"I like Clemson for the simple fact that I visited up there and I like it a lot," Stamper says. "And my teammate Paul Muse he has committed there too and we are real good friends so that is why I like them.

"I like Auburn because I have visited up there and I like it, too," he says. "And I like Coach Whitt, the linebacker coach. He puts players in the NFL and he is a real good coach.

"And North Carolina State, I could get a chance to play there real early," Stamper adds. "And I don't know, I kind of always liked North Carolina State because I was always a Florida State fan when I was young and North Carolina State used to always get with Florida State. Also, I really like their linebacker coach and defensive coordinator-just how he talks to me has me liking him."

Stamper and his First Coast teammates got their season off to a good start a couple of Thursday nights ago despite being forced to play their game early due to Hurricane Frances looming in the Atlantic. "We played Thursday because we didn't go to school Friday because of the hurricane," he explains.

"We played Inglewood and we beat them 17-6," Stamper says about the opening night win. "They got two field goals. The first one, our snapper snapped it over the punter's head and it landed on our five. So, out of three tries they couldn't get it in from the five so they kicked a field goal. And the other field goal they threw a long pass and got down there and we still held them so we shut them down on the run."

The speedy linebacker also notes that he had a strong start to his senior season, especially on defense. "I played linebacker and I played a little bit of fullback," he notes. "I had 13 tackles on defense."


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