Linebacker, 6'5", 225
Memphis University School
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HIGH SCHOOL Senior captain and defensive MVP for powerful Memphis private school... Helped Owls to three state playoff appearances, and Division II state titles in 2004 and 2005... Named Division II-AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year as senior... Also included in "Best of the Preps" by Memphis Commercial Appeal and "Tennessee Dream Team" by Nashville Tennessean... Three-year starter at LB, helping Owls to 27-8 overall record... Played varsity as freshman... In 2006, achieved 85 tackles, five tackles of loss, an interception and one fumble recovery taken for TD... Top rebounder and double digit scorer for MUS varsity basketball team... Cum laude honors student and National Merit Semifinalist, with membership in the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society... Recipient of Wellford Leadership Award.
PERSONAL John Whittemore Stokes IV... Son of Jack and Carol Stokes... Born Feb. 1, 1988 in Memphis... Middle of three siblings; sister, Cameron, 21; and brother, Will, 16; Dad works in sales for Morgan Keegan investment firm; mom is a homemaker... Both parents graduated from Vanderbilt... Plans to major in English and Biology... Enjoys playing the guitar... Likes to hunt and fish.
MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL HEAD COACH BOBBY ALSTON
"John is unique in the way that he combines a very intelligent style of play with a passionate approach to the game. He plays smart, but he also plays with an extremely high motor."
"Sometimes, kids get pigeonholed as a smart athlete or a great athlete. John's combines those characteristics. Yes, he understands the game, but he's also willing to get down and dirty as a player.
"He's a straight A's kind of guy. John is where he's supposed to be when he's supposed to be there. He's been a great leader for us. (Vanderbilt) is getting an outstanding young man in John."