A.J. Tarpley Makes Cardinal Choice

A.J. Tarpley, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound junior linebacker from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata, helped lead the Trojans to the Prep Bowl title. Wayzata is known for producing standout linebackers such as James Laurinitis. Tarpley recently made a West Coast visit and made a recent decision about his future. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Tarpley's mother, Karen, to learn the latest on his recruitment.

A.J. Tarpley helped lead the deep Trojans to a 13-0 mark this past season. His older brother Matt served as the Wayzata quarterback and wide receiver and is going to walk-on at Mississippi this upcoming season.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Tapley's mother Karen to learn the latest. A.J. has been busy making college trips and working out to prepare for the upcoming season. He has put on twelve pounds since last year.

"He worked out with as James Laurinitis the weekend before the draft at Velocity," Karen said. "We went and visited Stanford. We were at the UCLA spring game April 25th. Matt, my husband and I were in L.A., so we attended the UCLA tour. We were at the spring game in the Rose Bowl that evening. We went to Stanford and toured Stanford on Monday with the coaches."

Tarpley was able to learn a lot about the Pac-10 school during his visit, according to his mother.

Stanford has offered him a full scholarship," Karen said. "He still has to go through the admission process. We started at eight in the morning with Stanford. We met the head coach, Jim Harbuagh. We met the linebacker position coach, Andy Buh. The football operations guy showed us around. We spent twelve hours at Stanford. We met a professor. We tour facilities. We had breakfast with some of the players. It was very nice. So, we got to meet everyone at Stanford and had a fabulous day. They said that he still has to write essays and go through the admission process. They have offered him a full scholarship. I believe that he verballed accepted on Mother's Day."

Karen said that her son is still attracting interest.

The first week that we got home, an Ohio State coach was at the high school," Karen said. "Michigan State. An Iowa State coach called him last night or the night before. I'm thrilled for him that he has got a lot of interest.

Karen said that her son will continue to look at other programs

I think that he is committed to Stanford, but I will also say that he is going to continue to go to other camps over the summer to make sure or maybe to just things off the list. I don't know how these football players' minds work. He is going to go back to the Stanford camp June 21st and 22nd. He will be there for that. He may possibly go to Ohio State camp, which I think is June 26th. We are still working out those details. I think that he has a couple of combines scheduled this summer. We have a huge schedule. It is just a matter of which ones do you want to participate in.

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