Tigers After Another First Coast Star

The Clemson Tigers landed one outstanding defender from First Coast High School earlier this year and they hope to add another for the class of 2005. Ryan Stamper will be one of the top linebackers in Florida next season and the Tigers are one of several schools showing interest.

LB Ryan Stamper
6-3, 215, 4.62
First Coast High School
Jacksonville, Florida

Indiana was the first to offer the 6-3, 215 pound prospect but that one school list is expected to grow over the next few months.

"Florida, UCF, Clemson, Oklahoma, LSU, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and others are showing interest," Stamper told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

When asked who the early favorites are, Stamper responded, "Florida, Clemson and Florida State would be my favorites."

The First Coast standout had a very impressive junior season. "I had 150 tackles and 12 sacks. I led the city in sacks. I also had 3 interceptions."

Stamper has all the physical skills to be an outstanding linebacker at the collegiate level. "I have good flow to the ball. I am pretty quick. I get to the ball quick. I don't usually miss tackles. I blitz really good."

Stamper has visited several schools this spring to begin his recruiting process. "I went to a Clemson practice in late march. Last week I went to the Florida spring game. I also went to Auburn in March."

"I liked Clemson a lot. I got to spend time with Coach Swinney. I like Coach Swinney. He showed us around. We got to meet with Coach Bowden in his office."

Are Stamper's former teammates pushing him towards Clemson and Florida? "Brandon didn't come with us. He talks to me a lot about Clemson. Mike talks to me about Florida."

The Tigers and Gators will get another chance to impress the talented linebacker this summer. "I am definitely going to Clemson and Florida this summer. I will also try to get to Auburn and Florida State."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding linebacker from Florida, right up through signing day 2005.

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