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The Pennridge (Pa.) High inside linebacker was slated to unofficially visit Duke, but after a recent trip to Penn State, he decided there was no reason to be anywhere else. He announced his commitment Thursday evening.
But was there any thought to delaying for a day so he could attend the hoops game?
"I didn't want to spend any money to go down there," Tarburton said with a laugh. "I knew (Penn State) was the school for me so I canceled the visit. I'm all in with Penn State."
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Tarburton is the No. 1 inside linebacker in Pennsylvania. He was recruited to play there, but the coaching staff told him a move to defensive end was possible.
"I'll start at inside linebacker, and if I grow into myself, maybe I will move to the defensive line," he said. "There is still a lot of power football in the Big Ten, and there are still some big boys in the Big Ten conference. That's what I'm here for, to shut down the run and also be able to get back in pass coverage."
Tarburton is already a force in the running game (highlights are at the top of the story), but his pass coverage is still evolving.
"I do a decent amount (in coverage)," he said. "I'm definitely going to be working on that a lot more now. I will be able to do it."
Tarburton was offered a few weeks ago and he was on campus in late January for a junior day, and the trip sealed his decision.
"I just knew that when I was at that junior day, it felt like family, and I knew before I left that was going to be the place for me," Tarburton said. "Everything about it, I fell in love with. The coaches, the complex ...everything about it was just amazing."
He is thankful to have the process over, and he is looking forward to his senior season.
"It's unreal, and it definitely lifted a lot of weight off my shoulders," Tarburton said. "To be able to say I know where I want to go, and just relax a little bit ...there's nothing like Penn State."