Stamper Among Best At Combine

JAMESTOWN, N.C. --- This past weekend Wake Forest verbal commit John Stamper was among the more impressive participants during the Shrine Bowl Combine.

"I'm doing pretty good today," said John Stamper. "This is the first time I've really been out since the [All-American] Durham Combine."

After measuring in at 5-foot-10 ½ and 179 pounds, Stamper clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 4.49-second 20-yard shuttle time. He then went on to vertically jump 34.2-inches and bench press 185 pounds 22 times.

The performance is bound to grab some college attention, but Stamper maintains his loyalty to the Demon Deacons.

"Right now, I'm firmly committed, but it's a long way until Signing Day," said Stamper. "New scholarship offers could make that change, but I'm not so sure."

Early in the spring Stamper unofficially visited East Carolina, N.C. State, and North Carolina, but has limited his recent campus stays to Winston-Salem.

While at Wake Forest, Stamper talks extensively with the coaching staff.

"They're really excited that I'm coming," said Stamper. "They said I'll probably get a chance to come in early and play. They want me at strong safety."

Stamper, who committed during the Deacons' spring game, says his teammate's commitment to Wake Forest didn't have as much to do with his pledge as many think.

"[Kyle Jarrett] never really pushed me to make the decision, but I always knew that he really wanted me to go there," said Stamper. "It would just be cool for another five years to be with him.

"Coach McCartney really recruited me hard and I talked to him a lot. I really liked the DB coach, Coach [Dean] Hood. And I just loved how the defense plays."

Currently, Stamper plans to stay monogamous to Wake Forest as his summer focus will be on baseball.

"One reason I committed too was I wanted to clear out my summer for baseball," said Stamper. "I didn't want to be stuck with any camps. As of right I'm not going to any campus, but that could change."

As a junior at Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, Stamper was named to the all-conference team for the third straight season after 120 tackles including 17 for a loss and 12 sacks.


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