Defensive end prospect Charles Tapper admitted it is a long way from Baltimore to Norman. It did not stop him, though, from committing in July to play for the Sooners.
“I love the city of Baltimore, but I also wanted to experience new things and experience new places,” Tapper told The Sun in July. “I don't even know what I expect to see (at OU). I think I'm going to have a great time.”
Tapper's ability to impress in workouts in 2010 and early 2011, including one prior to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is what attracted the Sooners and others to the recruit who even describes himself as “raw.”
“Hopefully I will get to play early,” he told the newspaper. “They say as long as I work hard, the sky's the limit.”
Miami and West Virginia continued to pursue the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Tapper, and he considered visits to those campuses, but he ultimately stayed firm with OU. Penn State and Rutgers had also offered Tapper.