Tigers Get Commitment From Standout Defender

Auburn bolstered the 2005 recruiting class on Monday by getting a commitment from one of Alabama's top defensive players.

Fairfield, Ala.–Coach Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn Tigers picked up another big commitment on Monday as linebacker Rex Sharpe from Fairfield High made an announcement at school. The 6-2, ½, 215-pounder with 4.6 speed considered offers from LSU, Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss before making his decision.

"I told the coaches this afternoon," Sharpe tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I knew it was Auburn last night after I sat and thought about it a lot. Auburn just feels like home and I love the atmosphere."

Rex Sharpe

Sharpe has been dominant as a senior, leading Fairfield to a 3-0 record to start the season. Friday night Sharpe was at the center of the action as his team defeated Parker 7-6 in front of almost 10,000 at Legion Field. With a big punt out of his own end of the field and a pick and runback that clinched the victory, Sharpe earned Player of the Week honors and the continued respect from his Coach Jim Vakakes.

"He's our leader on defense," Vakakes said. "He does a great job. He calls our signals defensively and gets us into whatever we need to get into. He's a natural born leader. He's a good kid and a good student. He's got about a point to go on the ACT, but I guarantee you he'll make it. He's just a good kid.

"He's a four-year starter that has gone to wide receiver and linebacker this year. He doesn't come off the field for us a whole lot. He made the big interception for us last week at Legion Field against Parker that sealed the victory for us. It was the biggest win this place has seen in 20 years. We threw him in the fire as a ninth grader, but he grew up. I think it paid off for him."

An outside linebacker prospect that had a productive junior season. Sharpe had 154 tackles, three sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and one interception from his linebacker spot last season. He also caught six touchdowns as he doubled up at wide receiver for the offense. Vakakis said that Sharpe could play either inside or outside on the collegiate level, but most want him to play in space.

"I think Coach Joe Whitt mentioned to me that they want him for the outside," Vakakes said. "That would be their call. He closes on the ball. Wherever they want him to play he won't care. I think he can fit anywhere you want him to play. He's just a player and a scrapper."

A starter since the ninth grade, Sharpe possesses a talent for finding the ball and is a natural at the position. The speedy defender says that he definitely plays the game with the style of play that Auburn fans are used to watching.

"I'm quick, fast and can hit," Sharpe says. "I'm a person that you have to watch out for on defense. I can cover the whole field."

Sharpe becomes Auburn's sixth public verbal commitment for the 2005 class joining offensive linemen Michael Harness and Oscar Gonzalez, tight end Andrew McCain, athlete Ali Sharrief and cornerback Aairon Savage.

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