Stamper Enjoys Weekend Official

This past weekend was another big weekend on-campus as Wake Forest's coaching staff hosted a slew of prospects on official visits. Included in this bunch were seven Demon Deacon commitments including West Forsyth (NC) safety John Stamper.

John Stamper, a 6'0, 195-pound safety from just outside of Winston-Salem was Wake Forest's second commitment in the class of 2007. Living not too far from Wake Forest's campus, Stamper has been to a plethora of games, practices, and other events at Wake. Still, he took the chance this past weekend to take his official visit to Wake Forest and get a better feel for the players, coaches, and campus with which he would spend his next four or five years.

"Friday night we got to the Marriott hotel and ate there," noted Stamper. "We went out with our host players and went to the dorms and hung out with some people. Satuarday we had breakfast and went to an academic meeting and stuff like that. Then we had a tour of the campus and had the basketball game. Then we ate again and again later on. We had a real good time overall."

While on campus, Stamper got a chance to catch up with some of Wake Forest's fellow commitments including Cameron Ford, Doug Weaver, Michael Williams, Uriah Grant, Tristan Dorty, and Kyle Jarrett. He also got the opportunity to spend time with several Deacon football players including Tripp Russell, Matt Woodlief, and Alphonso Smith as well as the Demon Deacon coaches.

Although the coaches hope to continue their plan to redshirt all incoming freshmen, Stamper does have an opportunity to find playing time as a freshman, especially with the graduation of starting safeties Patrick Ghee and Josh Gattis. "[The coaches] definitely told me [they] want to redshirt me, but if I come in and prove myself I will play. I have to earn my position on the field and I'm working towards that."

Stamper, who will enroll at Wake Forest for the second summer school session, was named to the All-Northwest team, first team All-Conference, and defensive player of the year in his conference. He finished his 2006 campaign with 125 tackles, two interceptions, and eight sacks defensively and also rushed for over 300 yards offensively.


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