|1 A.J. Stamps
Graduated from junior college in December and enrolled at Kentucky in January ... A cornerback in junior college, he moved to safety in spring practice and was very impressive ... Made a number of big plays in practice.
Junior College: Key member of the East Mississippi Community College team that won the 2013 national championship ... Led the team's defensive backs with 51 tackles, including one sack, seven tackles for loss, one fumble forced ... Strong pass defender with four interceptions and nine pass breakups ... Returned one pickoff for a touchdown and also returned a punt for another TD ... Part of the NJCAA's No. 2-ranked defense, allowing a mere 9.8 points per contest ... Earned NJCAA All-Region 23 honors and was honorable-mention All-America ... Was a wide receiver in 2012 for EMCC, making nine catches for 73 yards before moving to defensive back for his sophomore season ... Head coach at EMCC is Buddy Stephens ... Was teammates with current UK defensive end Za'Darius Smith in 2012 at EMCC and was a player at EMCC when current UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh was on staff ... Chose Kentucky over Ohio State.
High School: Played safety and wide receiver at Vicksburg (Miss.) High School ... First-team all-state as a senior by the MAC and second-team all-state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger ... Senior stats included 114 tackles, two pass interceptions and three pass breakups on defense; at receiver he caught 77 passes for 1,289 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Was named one of the top individual performances of the 2011 season by MaxPreps.com when he had 19 receptions for 285 yards and five TDs vs. Northwest Rankin ... Final two years he totaled 112 receptions for 2,310 years and 29 touchdowns ... Had 210 tackles his final two years of high school, including two interceptions, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ... Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game ... Coached at Vicksburg by Alonzo Stevens ... Also played basketball (guard/forward) and baseball (right field) ... Helped the basketball team advance to the state championship game his junior year ... Member of the Key Club.
Personal: Born in Vicksburg ... Son of Paulette Stamps and Alvin Stamps, Sr. ... A.J.'s uncle, Sylvester Stamps, played college football at Jackson State and for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... Major is undergraduate economics.
A.J. Says ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: Deion Sanders ... I couldn't live without my: family ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: I Can Feel It ... My favorite part of game day is: the whole day ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: the fan support ... The celebrity I'd like to be best friends with is: Meagan Good.