Oregon defensive lineman Sam Kamp, a redshirt sophomore from Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ), enters his third season with the Oregon program.
Kamp played three seasons at MVHS, missing his senior season due to an injury. He also stared on the basketball court as a two-sport athlete. But despite missing his final season, Kamp earned a 3-star ranking across the board by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com. He may have earned a higher ranking had he avoided injury his final season.
Kamp was ranked by Rivals as the No. 14 player in the state of Arizona and the No. 54 overall defensive lineman. Scout ranked Kamp as the No. 138 defensive lineman. However, the two sites included vastly different height and weight measurements. Kamp weighed anywhere from 225 lbs to 237 in high school, which is a pretty substantial range. GoDucks lists Kamp at 6’4″ and 251 lbs.
Kamp ran a 4.9 40-yard dash and posted a 4.66 shuttle time to show his shifty play and mobility. In the weight room, Kamp posted a 285 bench press and 340 squat. These numbers caught the Oregon coaching staff’s attention, particularly his lateral mobility.
In his junior season, Kamp recorded 68 tackles (44 assisted, 24 unassisted) along with eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was responsible for five pass breakups and even recorded an interception. He did all this while receiving two or three offensive linemen assigned to him each down.
His long frame fits the recent trend in Oregon defensive linemen. 14/15 defensive linemen on the Oregon roster are taller than 6’3″, and seven are taller than 6’5″.
Kamp saw limited action in 2012 and mostly took the field when games were decided in the second half. Kamp played in eight games, recording five tackles (all unassisted) and 0.5 tackles for loss. Kamp’s best performance came in a 63-14 win over Tennessee Tech in week three when he recorded two tackles and his tackle for a loss of two yards.
Oregon has had a highly impressive d-line unit since Kamp has been with the Ducks, which is a major reason why he hasn’t seen significant playing time. The Ducks bring back seniors in Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Havili-Heimuli. All three started last season and will hold their jobs for one more year. With such a talented, and experienced group, Kamp is unlikely to see much playing time in 2013. But his junior season could be a breakout year.
Kamp is third on the depth chart for the starting DE position behind Hart and fellow sophomore DeForest Buckner. Both will compete to see playing time in a reserved role.