Sharpe's in shock

What is happening right now is something offensive tackle David Sharpe is asking himself daily? The four-star grew up a basketball star, but he is now being targeted in football by some of the top programs in the country.

It started with Liberty. It was first to offer David Sharpe a scholarship back in the fall of 2012.

Since Liberty put their offer out there, schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia have done the same.

"It has been crazy. I was not expecting this to happen to me, so it is all new, and it was so unexpected. I am really in shock by all of this attention," Sharpe told Scout.

Sharpe has been getting mail for some time from top schools, but those were all about basketball. The 6-foot-7, 280 pound offensive tackle out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence still plays AAU hoops and he still has a love for that game, but he knows football is where his future lies.

"I have always loved basketball. I have only played three years of football. I played in eighth and ninth grade, then I did not play in tenth grade, and I played again in eleventh grade.

"Basketball has always been my sport since I was little and it will be hard to quit playing it, but I do like football a lot too. I know have a lot of work to do as a football prospect, but coaches love my potential."

Scout feels the same as those college coaches.

The No. 24 offensive tackle in the country has great length, good agility, he has very good feet, and he is that true left tackle. He still has to develop physically, play with more power, and improve his technique, but his ceiling looks to be high.

Recruiting has really picked up for Sharpe over the past month, so he has not attended any Junior Days yet, but he has visited Florida for a game back in the fall.

"I was at Florida for the LSU game and it was crazy. I got to meet the coaches, I loved the crowd, and it was just a crazy experience for me."

The Gators got the first visit from Sharpe and he has been a UF fan for years.

"My favorite school was Florida when I was growing up," Sharpe said. "They are pretty close to home, some of my family likes Florida, and I still like them a lot. Florida State would have been my other favorite, but Florida was the one."

It could come down to a battle between Florida and Florida State in the end for this four-star tackle. He does not want to go far from home.

"I will take a look at some different schools and I will go to school out of state if I feel that is best, but I just don't want to go too far away.

"I want to find a school that offers a great education, a place that has coaches who will make me better, and somewhere that I fit in."

Sharpe plans to take his time, take some visits, and he is planning to commit after his senior season at this time.

This Scout 300 member is the No. 217 prospect in the country overall.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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