Tre Tarpley had a plan.
The third member of his family with the given name Arnold, Tarpley thought it might be neat to commit at the third hour of the afternoon.
Turns out the weather on the way home from Boston College to Pittsburgh Sunday didn’t allow that to happen.
After the Central Catholic safety’s plane was delayed, Tarpley missed his target time by about an hour.
Still, Tarpley got a rather important decision out of the way, picking the Eagles from a short list that also included Vanderbilt, Western Michigan and Temple.
“It’s kind of corny, but my real name is actually Arnold, and I’m the third in my family,” Tarpley explained. “I just thought it would be cool.
“That’s where I was coming from. Looking back on it it might have been kind of corny, but it is what it is.”
At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Tarpley helped Central Catholic finish 15-1, win a WPIAL title and reach the PIAA Class AAAA championship game.
Tarpley led Central Catholic, which allowed just 7.3 points per game, with four interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown.
With the hiring of Derek Mason at Vanderbilt, Tarpley was intrigued at the direction the Commodores were heading following the departure
of James Franklin.
But the academic offerings of Boston College — he wants to major in business law and eventually go into sports management — proved to be
too good to pass up.
“It’s important for the next four to five years, but it’s also important for the next 40 to 50 years,” Tarpley said. “That’s why I picked Boston College.”
—By Jason Mackey
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