Trapasso Prepared To Enroll Early

Pickerington Central's A.J. Trapasso visited Ohio State this weekend and put the finishing touches on his plan to enroll early at OSU.

Pickerington (Ohio) Central standout A.J. Trapasso made his official visit to Ohio State this weekend and put together his plans to enroll early at the school and compete for the open punting job this spring.

Trapasso (6-1, 215, 4.5) accepted OSU's scholarship offer in mid-December. In addition to getting early collegiate experience, the move allows OSU to count Trapasso back to last year's recruiting class and take an extra player if needed under the NCAA limit of 85 scholarships.

He was hosted at OSU by Curt Lukens.

"I just think the biggest thing that stood out to me were the facilities," Trapasso said. "The money they have put into academics as well as athletics is pretty amazing. I think the (Fisher) business school is also pretty amazing. That is something I plan on majoring in, although I haven't really decided on something particular yet."

Trapasso said he will finish up at Central on Jan. 24. He will graduate with a GPA near 3.0 and already has a 23 on the ACT.

"I am already through the (NCAA) clearinghouse and everything," Trapasso said. "Once I graduate, I just have to send in proof of graduation.

"While I was at Ohio State, I had a chance to talk with all of the coaches. I talked to Coach Tressel one on one for a while. He said the plan for me is as soon as I graduate to come up early and start working out with the team. Then, I will shoot for the starting punting job in the spring."

Trapasso admits this whole plan has fallen into place rather quickly.

"It's really exciting," he said. "I don't think it will hit me until I get up there or until I get into the stadium for the spring game."

Trapasso also said he enjoyed meeting the other recruits on visits this weekend. He said, however, there were no announcements of any new verbal commitments while he was on campus.

With OSU losing Ray Guy Award winner B.J. Sander to graduation, the Buckeyes were in the market for a punter. They got that and then some with Trapasso, who was a standout running back, defensive player and punt and kick specialist for the Tigers.

Trapasso earned All-Ohio honors as a kicker in Division I as a junior. His high school then split into two schools, dropping Pickerington Central (the old school just renamed) into Division II. As a senior, Trapasso led Central to a 9-2 record and a playoff berth. He rushed for 1,520 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. He also averaged 41.4 yards as a punter, earning All-Ohio honors as a punter this season in D-II.

Trapasso holds 14 records at Pickerington in categories ranging from scoring to rushing to kicking and punting.

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