"This is awesome for me," said Schable of Ida Grove, IA. "It is a huge weight off my chest and now I can focus on getting ready to go camp," added Schable, who recorded a school-record 19 sacks for the Coyotes this past season. "I wished I had been drafted but I am happy to be with the Cardinals. It will be a good situation for me."
According to Schable, he will go to Arizona as a defensive end.
"Obviously we are very excited. The Cardinals have had a plan for A.J. this past month," said South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort. "For A.J., it is a culmination of a lot of hard work and dedicated effort. The team, coaching staff and the University is very proud of him."
Schable, who was named to the first-team defense on AP's Little All-American team, led the nation with 1.7 sacks per game. Schable was a first-team selection on the All-NCC squad and a pair of all-region teams.
He finished the season with 60 tackles, including 43 solo stops and 22.5 tackles for loss, which ranked fourth nationally (2.0 per game).
Schable, who is the son of Carl and Ellen Schable, is a health, physical education and recreation major at USD.