Linebacker Selects Tigers

Auburn has picked up its 12th public verbal football commitment.

Jacksonville, Fla.--First Coast linebacker Ryan Stamper, who was a standout at an Auburn football camp this summer, says that he will sign a scholarship with the Tigers.

He chose Auburn over North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech and others.

The 6-2 1/2, 210-pounder came to Auburn to check out the Tigers for the Georgia game and called his trip to AU a perfect 10.

Ryan Stamper

> His coach at First Coast, Martin Lee, says that Stamper is an outstanding football prospect.

Stamper says he likes Auburn's defensive style. "It's like everybody attacks the football," he notes. "It's like 11 hats to the ball every play. They are trying, they are diving on the pile and everybody is trying to get some. Then, their DBs are covering well and their linebackers run and get to the football well. And their linebackers are playing behind a good defensive line so they have got a real good defense. To me the best defense in the NCAA."

After his unofficial visit to Auburn to see the Tigers play the Bulldogs, Stamper moved the Tigers to the top of his favorites list after being hesitant to name a leader prior to that."

Auburn's other verbal commitments are 6-3, 265, defensive lineman Rudy Odum from Fountainbleau High in Mandeville, La.; 6-4, 194 wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas; 6-3, 222 DE Alonzo Horton from Abramson-Marion High in New Orleans; 6-3, 175, 4.5 WR Montez Billings from Pelham High; 6-2, 205 4.6 LB Patrick Trahan from St. Augustine High in New Orleans; 6-3, 210, 4.6 LB Rex Sharpe from Fairfield High; 6-6, 256, 5.1 TE Andrew McCain from Briarwood Christian High in Birmingham; 5-11, 178, 4.48 CB Aairon Savage from Westover High in Albany, Ga.; 5-11, 178, 4.48 RB/Ath. Ali Sharrief from North Jackson High in Stevenson; 6-6, 285, 5.2 OL Oscar Gonzalez from Hialeah, Fla., High; and 6-3, 300, 5.2 Michael Harness from Pacelli High in Columbus, Ga.

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