As Stone Bridge linebacker Tanner Karafa piled up offers, schools differed on where they wanted him to play at the next level. Coaches loved his running ability at tight end, but they also had an affinity for his prowess as a hard hitter at linebacker.
Karafa ventured to Boston College for his first visit to the campus thispast weekend. He participated in a camp, toured the campus and sat down with Eagles Coach Steve Addazio, who made it clear he would be used specifically at the linebacker position. On Wednesday night, he gave his oral committment to Boston College.
“They were my No. 1 team for a while now, but I wanted some time to think about it before committing,” Karafa said. “After talking with the coaching staff I didn’t want to wait any longer.”
Karafa said his final two schools were in-state Virginia Tech and Boston College after receiving offers from Kentucky, Virginia and Harvard among others. He’s the first Stone Bridge football player to pick Boston College since Bulldogs standout Spenser Rositano, who was forced to retire because of concussions.
During his weekend visit, he participated in a morning workout and an afternoon workout for a total time of just less than four hours. It was her first time completing football drills in two months after the Bulldogs’ postseason run to the Virginia Class 5A baseball state semifinals.
“I wouldn’t say I was in football shape in terms of linebacker drills,” Karafa said. “But the only thing that felt sore though was my neck, it was my first time in a helmet in some time. For the most part I wasn’t sore at all, just exhausted.”
An excellent student, Karafa holds a 3.78 GPA that he said could be better, and he scored a 2080 on the SAT. He plans to enroll in Boston’s College Carroll School of Management which was ranked No. 4 in nation according to BusinessWeek.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Karafa will begin this season with starting duties at linebacker and tight end. His skills at linebacker weren’t uncovered until the Bulldogs were hit with a string of injuries that forced his named to be called. He wants to add 15 pounds of muscle before the season opens in August.
“It’s a big relief, everything is off my mind and it hasn’t suck in yet,” Karafa said of making his decision months before National Signing Day in February. “I just need a couple days to get back in the flow of things — it’s nice to get it off me.”