One of those is defensive back Glen Sharpe from Carol City High School in Miami. At 6-1, 175 with 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash, Sharpe has the size and speed that college coaches are looking for in a defensive back to combat today's fast-paced offensive attacks.
"Right now it's UM (Miami), Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State, LSU and Auburn," he notes when discussing his favorites. With all those schools on his list, it may take something special to sway Sharpe and that could have taken place Saturday night on the Plains.
Growing up a fan of the Florida Gators, Sharpe got another taste of the SEC when he was a visitor to Auburn for a summer camp earlier this year. Because of those ties, Sharpe says he kept a watchful eye on the Tigers' 23-20 upset win over the Gators last Saturday night from his home in Miami.
"I've been watching some of their games and they seem to play pretty good defense," Sharpe notes. "They've got a lot of big, aggressive guys and just the other night I saw a guy stick (Jabar) Gaffney pretty good. He made an interception on him. I haven't seen that happen in quite a while. Their DBs seem to be coached pretty well and when I went to the Auburn camp I liked the coaches. They seemed to teach me pretty well."
Leading Carol City to a 6-1 record so far this season with his play from the free safety position, Sharpe has been a wanted man for opponents this season. Wanted in that they wanted to stay away from him. Missing the last two games with a sprained ligament in his knee, Sharpe has 20 tackles on the season with two interceptions. For his career the ultra-quick Sharpe has 22 interceptions in this, his third year of being a starter. While he plays free safety in high school, look for him to be a corner on the next level.
Sharpe hasn't taken a visit so far this fall and says he likely will wait until the season is over before he begins the process of setting up official visits. While Miami and Florida would appear to be the favorites because of location and familiarity, don't count out the Tigers for this superb athlete when February rolls around.
TIGER TICKET EXTRA:
Auburn has a history of plucking defensive backs from the Miami area. Current Tigers Travaris Robinson and Junior Rosegreen came from the fertile recruiting grounds of South Florida. Past Tiger DBs from the area include Brian Robinson, Calvin Jackson, Martavious Houston, Dan Evans and Mark Dorminey.