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Monday, August 5, 2013
No. 2 OT Sharpe planning USC visit

By Derek Tyson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2-ranked offensive tackle prospect in the country, David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) has always maintained that he wants to play football and basketball in college. For many two-sport athletes, it's a feat that is talked about but rarely followed through on.

As difficult as it may be, the 6-foot-8, 288-pound Sharpe said he would at least like to attempt to play both when he gets to college.

David Sharpe
David Sharpe is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the ESPN 300.
"I just want to try it out one year and see how it goes," Sharpe said on Friday at a media event held at EverBank Field for local high school football teams. "If it's too hard for me, I'm going to just stick to football and work hard at football. If I can maintain and do it, then I'll try to do both in college."

Sharpe is planning to take unofficial visits to Alabama, North Carolina and possibly Florida in the near future and already knows of one official visit he will take.

"I know one official will be to USC but I'm not sure of the other visits," he said. "I'm going to start to narrow it down soon, but I won't make a decision until later on in the process."

The No. 15-ranked prospect in the country said Florida, UNC, Clemson and Georgia have made him a recruiting priority.

"Florida is coming after me the hardest," Sharpe said. "They hit me up almost every other day. Just seeing how I'm doing and talking to me -- checking up on me and telling me how much they need me. Georgia, UNC and Clemson are recruiting pretty hard, too."

I'm looking for somewhere where I'm comfortable for those four years," he said. "I'm looking for great coaches and just somewhere where I fit in.

Sharpe's father, David Sharpe Sr., was also in attendance on Friday and said he just wants his son to be comfortable with whichever school he chooses.

"It's been a good experience for him and I'm just here to make sure he gets what he wants and that's to play both sports," the elder Sharpe said. "I have no problem with that. He can go wherever he wants to. I tell him to just be patient and take his time, and wherever he goes he has that home environment. Like they say in the Bible, it takes a village to raise a kid."

While the player won't tip his hand on his college decision, his father said there are a few schools standing out in his mind.

"I'd like not to say honestly," Sharpe Sr. said with a laugh, "but I like Georgia and Clemson. They are standing out pretty good right now to me, but I don't know about him."