Tigers' Commitment Getting The Full Court Press

This talented prospect that has committed to sign with Auburn is feeling a lot of pressure from another college.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Auburn linebacker commitment Ryan Stamper is getting the full court press from Coach Urban Meyer and the new Florida staff to back off of his Auburn commitment and sign with the Gators on national signing day. Will it make a difference or is he solid with the Tigers?

"They are pressuring me real hard," Stamper says about the new Gators' staff pushing for him to take an official visit to Gainesville. "Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Charlie Strong (Florida's defensive coordinator) came over to my house as soon as I came home from the Auburn visit. I got home around 6:00 and they were here at about 8:00. They were pressuring me about a visit. I still told them that I kind of wanted to think about it and then they called me and I told them that I would pretty much take the visit."

Stamper, who says that he will probably take the visit and that it will be this weekend, adds that Meyer has been giving him lots of reasons to at least think about visiting the Gators. "For one they are only 45 minutes from the house," the talented prospect says. "Then, when Coach Meyer is talking to me he tells me about my parents coming to see me play. Then, with me living in Florida I was always a Florida State and Florida fan and he would say stuff like, 'follow your dream,' and 'follow your dream school,' little stuff like that.

"Then, I have three teammates that play for Florida and he will bring that up," Stamper continues. "Another thing that is pretty good is that they have a whole new coaching staff coming in so everyone starts off fresh and new so that kind of made me think. And, I guess I have been pressured from friends and stuff, too. They are like, 'there is nothing wrong with taking another visit, it wouldn't hurt.'"

The First Coast High standout adds that he was also not real excited about the news he got from Auburn's defensive line coach Don Dunn Tuesday afternoon.

"Coach Dunn came over to my school today," he says. "He told me about Coach Chizik leaving and going to Texas and I was kind of disappointed about that."

He says he is worried that Chizik's departure could have an effect on the style of defense that the Tigers play in the future. "I like their style of defense and of course their style of play on defense had to do with their defensive coordinator," Stamper notes. "Then, when Coach Chizik came to visit me at my school he was talking about how good Auburn is and how he likes it and how he doesn't plan on leaving or anything like that, and then he just left like that."

Ryan Stamper

Stamper adds, however, that with all of the other coaches still in place he thinks things should pretty much stay the same. "I am pretty sure they will because it wasn't just coach Chizik," he says about the Tigers' likely playing the same style of defense. "Coach Dunn is the D-line coach and Coach Whitt is the linebackers' coach and they coached them. So, they probably are going to play the same style, but I don't really know who the defensive coordinator that they are bringing in is and I don't really know his style."

Despite getting the bad news on Chizik's departure, Stamper says that he doesn't feel like that is something that could really sway him from his decision to play for Auburn and that he is still "pretty much" solid with his commitment to the Tigers.

Stamper, who says that some of the Auburn coaches are scheduled to come in for an in-home visit next week, also notes that he did have a great time on his official visit to the Plains over the weekend.

"I loved the visit this weekend," he explains. "It was the best visit I have taken all year. I liked the people and the players, so it is like a big family. I like the city. I thought that Auburn was just the school and stuff, but there are a couple of things you can do. Then, we went to the parade and the fans and they showed that Auburn has big fans that support the team a lot. The visit went real well. Both me and my mother liked it."


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