One day after pledge, Sharp flips to KSU

June, 30, 2013
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When three-star quarterback Aaron Sharp (Houston/Summer Creek) announced Friday night he was committing to Utah, he was sincerely convinced his recruiting process was over.

But nearly 24 hours later, Sharp confirmed to ESPN.com he has had a change of heart. He's now officially committed to Kansas State.

"I just had to make a family decision," Sharp said. "It was really my mom who wasn’t on board with Utah. She wouldn’t be able to see me play and I'd be real far away. I had to go with K-State. She'd be able to see the majority of my away games because they play in Texas a lot. That was a big factor."

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Max Olson/ESPNA day after Aaron Sharp committed to Utah, he changed his mind and picked Kansas State.
This wasn't a matter of Sharp immediately regretting his pledge to Utah, or even an issue of committing before he was ready. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound pocket-passer thought he'd made the right choice.

But not long after he'd made his pledge official around 9 p.m. Friday, Sharp realized his mother, Kewanna, wasn't happy.

"I don't think it hit her until later last night," he said. "At first, she was excited for me. But she slept on it and started having a hard time with it. I woke up early this morning and talked with my parents, and we decided this is what we're going to do."

Sharp admitted that when he made his decision on Friday night, Utah and Kansas State were essentially at a dead-even tie. What swayed him toward the Utes was the fact they were the first major school to offer him a scholarship.

After he and his parents reconvened on Saturday morning, Sharp said he felt the right thing to do was go with Kansas State and alleviate his family's concerns.

The toughest part, of course, was calling lead Utah recruiting Morgan Scalley and delivering the unexpected news.

"I could hear the disappointment in his voice," Sharp said. "But it's something I had to do. I felt bad about it. It was a hard thing that I had to do."

Sharp became commit No. 7 for Kansas State on Saturday and its only quarterback pledge. Three other members of that class also hail from the state of Texas.

The Wildcats are getting a pocket-passer who also happens to bring elite speed to the table. He threw for 2,954 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for only 180 yards and three touchdowns. Sharp won the 200-meter dash in Class 4A at the Texas track and field championships this spring with a time of 21.19 seconds.

The excitement of being a K-State pledge hasn't exactly set in yet for Sharp. It's been a long and difficult day.

"It was a tough way to become a Wildcat, but at the end of the day I’m blessed just to be in this situation," he said. "I’m ready to go out to Manhattan and take my game to the next level."

After the day Sharp has been through, this time he's definitely certain his recruiting process is done.

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Texas/Big 12 reporter

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