Talented Athlete Favors Tigers

Speedy back Rico Sharpe talks football and why a local school is his favorite heading into the summer before his senior season.

Trussville, Ala.--Hewitt-Trussville running back Rico Sharpe is one of the top backs in Alabama for the class of 2007. The 6-0, 190-pound back had a very successful junior campaign.

"Auburn and Alabama have both been sending me letters," said Rico Sharpe from Trussville, (Ala.). "I have received a couple of things from Illinois as well, but mainly it's been Auburn and Alabama."

"I would say Auburn is my favorite right now. I am planning to go to both Alabama (3-4) and Auburn's (3-11) Junior Days. I like Alabama, but if I had to choose one or the other I would have to say War Eagle.

"I really like Auburn a lot. I know my chances of playing running back there are slim because they have a ton of backs. I plan to move to wide receiver in college though."

"I like the whole coaching staff at Auburn. Coach [Tommy] Tuberville seems like a players coach. He seems like he would be real easy to talk to. I like how united the team is too."

Sharpe recorded over 1,000 yards and scored 18 touchdowns during his junior season, and he is aware of his strengths and what contributed to his numbers.

"I love to run behind a pulling guard," he said. "I use my ability to move around him to gain extra yards. I just love running behind big strong guys. I feel I need to keep working on my speed, and I need to work extra hard in the weight room during this off-season."

He has a 3.1 GPA and will take the ACT for the first time in April.

Sharpe will attend the Scout.com All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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