"I have signed with Cincinnati, and will be reporting for classes in January," the 6-foot-2, 235-pound, athlete stated. "Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and his staff were great to me, and I'm excited to play for them."
"They plan on starting me at middle linebacker, but they said I could end up playing any of the three linebacker spots," he added. "Everybody wants to play where they're wanted, and Coach Tuberville showed me he wanted me the most. They are a winning program, and I'm looking forward to seeing them in their bowl game."
Tappan is the number-25 commit for Cincinnati in the 2014 recruiting class. He played scholastically for Los Angeles La Salle.