Gators Pushing Tiger Commitment For A Visit

This official visitor to Auburn discusses his visit to Auburn and more.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Ryan Stamper arrived at Auburn as a verbal commitment and liked his visit, but won't say it is 100 percent certain he will sign with the Tigers on Feb. 2nd.

The outstanding linebacker from First Coast High School says, "I don't know what I am going to do. Florida is pushing me for a visit this coming weekend. Coach (Urban Meyer) is supposed to want to see me so and I am not quite sure. Florida is pushing and pushing me for a visit.

"It is a good situation for me if I go to Auburn, but Florida is my homestate school and they keep calling and calling trying to pressure me," Stamper says. "There is a good chance I won't take the visit to Florida, but who knows what is going to happen."

Commenting on his weekend in Auburn, the First Coast High standout says, "The trip went real well. We came in on Friday and met the players and the coaches. It felt like home. I feel real good about Auburn. My player host was AT (Antarrious Williams) and my (campus) host who took us places was named Joseph. Both are real nice guys.

"I got to see the academic center and some of the other things that I hadn't seen. I saw a lot more of the campus than I had seen the other four times I have been there. It is a real nice place."

Stamper says he is considering pharmacy as his college major, but notes that is not certain. He is certain he enjoyed meeting the players, coaches and others on the trip as well as the activities on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"When they gave us our jerseys, they let us walk into the stadium like we were going into a game," he says. "They had the music and big screen on. It kind of felt like game time. I was ready to play."

After visiting the stadium, he spent more time with Auburn's players. "All of the linebackers, just about every player, went out last night and we had a real good time," Stamper says. "I got to see a lot of their apartments and I like where they live. The players and the coaches showed me a lot of love this weekend. It was a real good visit and I feel good about Auburn."

The 6-3, 220-pounder came to Auburn to check out the Tigers for the Georgia game in November on an unofficial visited and committed to the Tigers after that trip, choosing AU over North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson and others.

Stamper made 120 tackles with six sacks and two interceptions as a senior.


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