Tigers Pick Up Another Football Verbal Commitment

The Tigers picked up their 12th commitment of the 2005 football recruiting class and his head coach talks about the type of player Auburn will be getting when this Florida prep star joins the AU team.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Auburn picked up its 12th verbal commitment for the class of 2005 from First Coast linebacker Ryan Stamper.

Stamper, a 6-3, 220-pounder with 4.6 speed who has been a three-year starter for First Coast, chose the Tigers over North Carolina State, North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland and Georgia Tech among others.

First Coast head coach Martin Lee says that the Tigers will be getting an excellent student and player with the addition of Stamper. "Auburn is getting a fine individual on and off the field," Lee says. "He has got over a 3.3 GPA and he has been a leader on the field. He speaks more with his actions than he does with his words.

"He is an excellent runner on the field," Lee adds. "He can play inside if you need him. He can play outside if you need him or possibly even at defensive end."

"He led our team with 120 tackles", the coach notes. "He had two interceptions, six sacks and over 20 assists. He was the heart and soul of our defense. He was our coach. He made the adjustments on the line as a linebacker. He made All-City, made Super 11, made All-Conference for the second year consecutive year. He is the only athlete in Jacksonville who made All-Conference on defense for two years."

Ryan Stamper

Stamper, who is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn in January, says the Tigers moved into the lead after coming to the Auburn campus to watch the Tigers defeat Georgia.

He says that he particularly 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."

Coach Lee says that Stamper is the type of person that will fit in very well with the atmosphere Coach Tommy Tuberville has built around the Auburn program. "He was the consummate leader on and off the field," Lee explains. "He is a student that is 'yes sir' and 'no sir.' Everybody that has talked to him and everybody that has recruited him fell in love with I him on the first visit. His parents have done a good job with him. He never gives you any lip, never gives you any problems and leads on the field. "

Stamper's coach also says that his senior linebacker contributed on offense and special teams as well. "He has been playing linebacker and we played him some at tight end," the coach notes. "He would do whatever we needed him to do--kickoff, kickoff return, punt--he was just a consistent athlete."

He says that on defense opposing teams always had to take note of his senior linebacker. "His was filling the hole and running to the ball," Lee says about Stamper's best attribute as a defender. "People couldn't run away from him. People had to double-team Ryan. You always had to account for where number 12 was on defense."

The linebacker, who is also strong with a bench press of around 320 pounds, joins previous Tiger commitments, offensive lineman Michael Harness from Columbus, Ga., offensive lineman Oscar Gonzales from Miami, Fla., running back Ali Sharrief from Stevenson, Ala., cornerback Aairon Savage from Albany, Ga., tight end Andrew McCain from Birmingham, Ala., linebacker Rex Sharpe from Fairfield, Ala., linebacker Patrick Trahan from New Orleans, La., wide receiver Montez Billings from Pelham, Ala., defensive end Alonzo Horton from New Orleans, La., wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez from Coffeyville, Ks., and defensive tackle Rudy Odum from Mandeville, La.,

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