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Saturday, November 2, 2013
New schools enter mix for Sharpe

By Derek Tyson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia and Florida were two schools that many believed were the lead contenders for ESPN 300 offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian). Those schools are certainly still in the mix for Sharpe, but the four-star lineman remains wide open.

In fact two new schools, Tennessee and LSU, have entered the picture for the No. 18-ranked player in the country. Sharpe, also a standout basketball player, would like the opportunity to play both on the next level, and Tennessee is a school that could potentially allow Sharpe to do both.

"We're going to go to Tennessee-Auburn next week, officially,” Sharpe said. "I’m thinking both (football and basketball). I'm not sure. We talked to them. I want to see what everyone's talking about. Maybe after I visit, it'll change my perspective on them. They said they have five leaving, five starters leaving."

In addition to Tennessee, Sharpe said he has started to hear more from LSU and is planning on visiting the Tigers for the Texas A&M game on Nov. 23.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman had planned to visit Florida State this weekend for its game against Miami, but those plans fell through.

"We've been calling (FSU) since the Maryland game, telling them we want an official for the Miami game,” Sharpe said. "They don't have any hotel room for us. We wanted to go down there and stay, and we don't have the money to go all the way down there and come back. Tough drive. We'll still go see them.”

Florida had two assistants, special teams coach Jeff Choate and offensive line coach Tim Davis, in attendance at Sharpe’s game on Friday night.

Their presence didn’t go unnoticed by Sharpe.

"I was happy for them to come out and see me play,” he said. "I've got a good relationship with him (Davis). I'm very comfortable with him. We have a great relationship. I talk to him every other day. (Florida is) still the same. I still like Florida.

Sharpe has visited Georgia twice this year, and many believed the Bulldogs were the team to beat. Sharpe admittedly likes Georgia, but remains open in his recruitment.

"I like Georgia,” he said. "I don't have any leaders right now, though. I'm still open. I still want to visit some more."

Sharpe, who said he has the best relationship with the Georgia, Florida State and Florida coaching staffs, said playing time isn’t a big factor, but he does want to see the field as a freshman.

“[Playing time] is not a big factor for me, I just don't want to redshirt,” he said.

The No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the country was planning to make a decision before his football season concluded, but that no longer appears to be the case. Sharpe will now likely take all five of his official visits before making a decision.