VandyMania Interview: Brian Stamper

After losing two veteran offensive linemen to graduation, Vanderbilt will be thin on the offensive line in 2003 and may need a couple of true freshmen to provide depth. At a well-built 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, signee Brian Stamper may be ready for some immediate playing time. VandyMania talked to Stamper recently about his high school career, his recruitment, and his future as a Commodore.

Note: Stamper will graduate in May from Lake Highland Preparatory School, the same high school as current Commodore linebacker Kevin Joyce.

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VandyMania: You're not very far from getting your high school diploma-- are you into the "Senior Slide" a little bit, I would guess?

Brian Stamper: Oh yeah, I've got a lot of senior-itis. I'm really waiting to get out and get up to college.

VM: Tell us your recruiting story... if I remember right, you didn't commit until fairly late in the process.

BS: Yeah, my parents really wanted me to explore all of the options. Actually we really knew after my visit to Vanderbilt that that was where I really wanted to go. It was a great place.

VM: Did you take a bunch of visits?

BS: Actually no. I only took three total. I loved Vanderbilt the most.

VM: What was it about Vanderbilt that sold you?

BS: Well, great location... you know, country music capital of the world... great campus, beautiful, really nice and quiet... the people here are awesome... and it's got a great, up-and-coming football program.

VM: You said you'd probably play on offensive line... any certain position?

BS: I played tackle throughout high school, but I can also play guard. I played guard my freshman and sophomore years, and then they moved me to tackle my junior and senior year. So I think I can play both guard or tackle, wherever they need me.

VM: Is it pretty much ruled out that you'll definitely go on offense? Seems like you might make a pretty good stud defensive tackle.

BS: Yeah, but no. I think my calling is with offense. I like offense a lot better, so that's where that went.

VM: What are your feelings about getting here this summer, and what are your summer plans?

BS: I think I'm going to come up in June and start working out with the team. Then I'm going to go back home for the beginning of July, probably, and then roll in with the team in late July.

VM: Are you already learning plays yet?

BS: No, actually we haven't learned any plays yet. They just send us the workout, and we start working with the team's offseason workout.


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