Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Memorable year for 2014 QB Aaron Sharp
By Sam Khan Jr.
HUMBLE, Texas -- Aaron Sharp is not surprised with what his team has accomplished this season.
After going 9-2 and making the playoffs for the first time a year ago, Sharp and his Houston Summer Creek teammates had high expectations coming into this season and so far, they're meeting those, sitting at 9-0 heading into their regular season finale against 9-0 Dayton (Texas) High School for a district championship.
"Yeah, this was pretty much an expected season from us," Sharp said. "We had a lot of people coming back from a good year that we had last year. We had more talent come in, so I think it was a real big season expected for Summer Creek, and we're just doing what we're supposed to be doing.
Aaron Sharp is a 2014 quarterback who has an offer from UTEP and interest from several other schools in the midwest.
"It's been a season to remember."
The 2014 quarterback has had a strong season of his own, putting up some impressive passing numbers. Sharp has completed 65.1 percent of his passes (116-of-178) this year for 2,122 yards and 28 touchdowns to go with five interceptions for the undefeated Bulldogs.
His productivity shouldn't come as a surprise -- he has been growing in the quarterback role since he was a freshman starting on Summer Creek's varsity. Even from his ninth grade year, something was clear about Sharp to head coach Brian Ford.
"The thing that's always been there is the accuracy," said Ford, who was the program's first head coach when it began varsity play three years ago. "He's just so accurate with the football and he understands and can see the field. Those are things that to me you just can't teach. ... He's gotten bigger, stronger and all those kinds of things, but the thing that he's had from the beginning and I think allows him to make so many plays is just that vision down the field and the ability to throw at his targets."
Many schools have noticed Sharp's talent. UTEP has already offered the 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback and others are interested, including Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Earlier this season he was invited to and attended the Aggies' home clash with LSU.
"Yeah I went to LSU game," Sharp said. "I thought it was a real good game. I liked it. I liked the atmosphere at Texas A&M. It's real exciting and it makes you feel like you want to go out there and play."
The school that has showed the most interest aside from UTEP has been Texas Tech, according to Sharp. He said he talks with offensive coordinator Neal Brown on a weekly basis and that the Red Raiders are very high on him.
"We talk pretty much every week about what's going on and stuff," Sharp said of Brown. "We talk about football, talk about what happened in our game and stuff like that. I ask him questions about what's going on in the program.
"I think Texas Tech is the top school that has been recruiting me more than any other. They tell me that I'm the No. 1 quarterback in 2014 that they're looking at [their] chart."
Sharp said he would like to take in a Texas Tech and a TCU game before the year is up, but right now, he's focused on his team, the district title and the playoff run that will ensue. With much at stake, this week is an exciting one for the emerging prospect.
"Both teams will be 9-0 so it's a clash for the district title," Sharp said. "We'll come out hard and after that we have to see who we have in the playoffs in the first round. We'll try to make it to the next round and take it one round at a time."