Sharp On AU Offer "This One Is Really Cool"

2015 offensive line prospect Bailey Sharp talks about getting an offer from Auburn after growing up a fan of the Tigers.

Marietta, Ga.--Growing up a fan of the Auburn Tigers, 6-5, 285 offensive tackle Bailey Sharp from Sprayberry High knew his visit to the Plains Tuesday to meet Coach Gus Malzahn and check out the facilities was going to be one to remember. Getting the news from Malzahn in person that he had an offer from the Tigers made it a trip he'll never forget.

"It was a little nervous," he added of waiting to talk to Malzahn. "I was sitting in a little reception hall right outside his office. I was a little nervous, but I went in and had an awesome talk with Coach Gus Malzahn and then finding out he offered me today.

"It was really cool," he added. "It has always been something I have been waiting for since I was really little. I'm still always kind of open and I want to check out more schools before I make a commitment anywhere, but I have dreamed about going there and playing for Auburn. I still want to see some other schools like my Duke offer and Clemson has shown some good interest in me as well as Georgia."

Talking with Auburn offensive line Coach J.B. Grimes and getting to know him well, Sharp said that he really enjoyed having the opportunity to sit down with him on his visit and talk football. Known as a player's coach that gets the most out of his guys, Sharp said Grimes is someone he enjoys being around. Throw in what Malzahn brings to the table and it's a win-win situation he said.

"Coach Grimes, I met him last summer when I went to a camp," Sharp said. "It was the first time I had ever even heard of him or seen him. Ever since then I have thought he was a really cool coach and I could see myself playing for him.

"Coach Malzahn just knows what he's doing," he added. "To bring a team that wasn't even ranked by any major poll to now being second in the nation, that's impressive."

Planning to take things slowly and make sure of his decision before he pulls the trigger, Sharp said while some guys are worried about life after football in the NFL his main concern is on getting his education and being successful for the rest of his life.

"I'm looking at the perks and educational purposes after college," Sharp said. "Because if I don't go pro, which I'm not wanting to be, I want to have a good degree from a really good school. Like my coach told me about statistics, I don't want to join a statistic and go back and live with my parents again. That's kind of lame. As soon as I get out of college I want to start working."

Planning to visit Georgia and Alabama in the coming weeks, Sharp will continue to check out other schools on his list before narrowing things down in the spring. Even though he's keeping an open mind, he said there's no question the Auburn offer is a game-changer for him.

"I reallly want to just start talking with my family about decisions," Sharp said. "I want to start narrowing down some of my bigger decisions, but not a commit right now.

"This one changes things a lot," he added of Auburn. "Because this one is really cool."

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