Class of 2018 linebacker Nick Tarburton went into last weekend without thoughts of recruiting or visits.
The first live weekend of 2017, however, has Tarburton as one of the hottest underclassmen in eastern Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Perkasie (Pa.) Pennridge landed three verbal scholarship offers within the last week.
“It's absolutely unreal,” Tarburton said Friday afternoon. “It was a dream for me to be able to have something like this, so to be here is pretty cool. … I figured I would be playing in the Big Ten with my style of play. I'm a big guy at the linebacker position. It fits my style of play. It's some good football. I love it.”
Rutgers is the most recent offer for Tarburton, whose first junior day comes in two weeks to see the Scarlet Knights. Wide receivers coach Jafar Williams, originally from Philadelphia, visited his school today and spoke with him on the phone afterwards.
“I got a text this morning and I kind of figured it was going to be good news,” Tarburton said. “He came up to my school, too. We talked on the phone after for a little bit and he filled me in on what's going on. … He preached that it was a rebuilding process the first couple of times I talked to him. It's a whole new coaching staff.”
Tarburton visited both Michigan State and Maryland during the season, both coincidentally during games against Ohio State.
“I flew out to Michigan State for the Ohio State game,” he said. “Michigan State was a hell of a school. I got to see all of their facilities and the school seemed really cool. The atmosphere of it was great. It seemed like a good all-around town.”
Tarburton enjoyed an in-season visit to College Park, Md. He plans to return some time after he visits Rutgers for junior day.
“It was good at Maryland getting to see the school and the staff,” he said. “It's pretty cool. I want to visit some time after Rutgers, but I'm not exactly sure when. I've spoken to their coaches a lot.”
Penn State, Temple and Notre Dame are among the other schools with expressed interest toward Tarburton, who calls himself an “academics first” recruit.
“I'm going in as a business major -- international business,” he said. “My dad is a part of that and I really like that. School comes before everything else. Find a great school with a great business program and then find a great football program.”null