Auburn Commitment A Family Decision For Sharp

Bailey Sharp and 27 of his family members made a decision on Saturday to make public his commitment to the Auburn Tigers.

Marietta, Ga.--A dream finally became a reality on Saturday for four-star offensive tackle Bailey Sharp from Sprayberry High as he made his decision public, choosing the Auburn Tigers before the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Wanting to wait until the right moment and do his due-diligence in selecting a school, Sharp said he has no doubt Auburn is the right place for him as he chose the Tigers over Clemson and several other SEC and ACC schools..

"It was the school that when I was really young I told myself I was going to play there," Sharp tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Once I hit the high school level I didn't want to put my fan of Auburn into consideration, so I went out and looked at a ton of schools. When I say a ton of schools I almost looked at every school in the SEC, but when I saw how many positives Auburn had I said ‘what am I doing and why am I not committed already?' So with my mom and my dad and brothers and everyone, we just said ‘let's commit to the Auburn Tigers'."

Making a pair of visits to Auburn this spring, Sharp's last trip over was just two weeks ago when he checked out the Tigers in a practice and spent time with the coaching staff. While he didn't pull the trigger on that day, he said that he left knowing it was going to be his future home.

"I didn't want the public to know at that time because I wanted to commit as a family," Sharp said. "With the Auburn family I wanted to commit my family. My family wasn't there so I didn't want to do it then. That day I decided that I wanted to commit, but I just didn't want the public to know at the time."

Growing up a big Auburn fan, Sharp said while he's got plenty of reasons to make his decision one of the biggest was his respect and relationship with coaches such as Gus Malzahn, J.B. Grimes and Tim Horton.

"That was tremendous," Sharp said. "From the very beginning Coach Horton was a very good coach. He was always asking me if there were any other questions I had, just taking care of me and wanting to know if there was anything else I needed. He never wanted me to leave Auburn with any questions left unanswered.

"Coach Grimes is a funny coach just to watch. I'm excited to play for him in the future. He's a great guy. He always says his barbecue is famous around here so that was pretty cool. He's just a great coach. Then finally there's Coach Malzahn. He's a great head coach and a very humble guy."

That humility from Malzahn is something that Sharp had seen in action already on his trips to Auburn, but on Saturday it took a huge step forward when it came time for the big lineman to make his decision.

"I brought 27 of my family members in his office and he took a picture with every single one of them," Sharp said. "I thought that was a fantastic thing for a person like that to do, especially on a day like this."

Saying that he's excited about the direction of program after seeing what the Tigers accomplished last season, Sharp said he's just happy to be part of the program at the moment and he plans to work hard to help the team reach even bigger heights. Adding that there's a small chance he could take an official visit or two just for the experience, the lifelong Auburn fan said he's 100 percent a Tiger.

"I think I'm done on unofficial visits," Sharp said. "Possibly, but it's probably a big no, I might do some official visits but there's a good chance I will not.

"War Eagle baby," he added. "I'm ready to keep the orange and blue strong."

Sharp becomes Auburn's seventh commitment and the second four-star verbal of the week joining running back Kerryon Johnson.


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