Keeping up with Sharpe

Where will David Sharpe end up? That is a question many are asking themselves right now. He once thought about committing late in 2013, but that has changed, and a new school is in the mix too...

The Tennessee visit is still a go.

Things seem to change with David Sharpe on a regular basis over the last few weeks, but he is still set to take his first official visit this weekend to the University of Tennessee.

Sharpe and his father will leave Jacksonville, Fla. early Saturday morning and arrive in Knoxville, Tenn. a few hours later.

Tennessee takes on Auburn and Auburn is a school that just jumped into the mix by offering the four-star offensive tackle Monday night.

When asked about his interest in Auburn, Sharpe said, "I am open right now."

At one time, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and most recently, Florida State was looked at as the school to beat for Sharpe, but the recruiting process has really slowed down for the 6-foot-6, 295 pound senior out of Providence.

He has visited Clemson and Florida once and Georgia twice this season for games.

Communication between Clemson and Georgia has almost come to a stop in recent weeks while Florida is hanging around.

An official visit to FSU was thought to be scheduled by the Sharpe's a week ago, but all rooms in Tallahassee were booked. FSU may be out of the running, but things change quickly in this game.

For now, Tennessee we know has their shot with Sharpe. LSU has been a school consistently talked about over the past month to six weeks, and Florida has always been there. The Gators are an in-state school, the family has followed UF for many years, and if Florida really wants this four-star, then it could be tough to beat.

Could UGA get back in the mix? All signs point to it being done at offensive line as of today. Is Auburn too late? It doesn't look that way right now. Sharpe appears to be back at square one and while he originally planned to commit in December, those plans have changed too.

Look for Sharpe to make his decision a little later in the process.

A couple of keys for the Sharpe family as they evaluate each option:

- Playing time: Early playing time is key here.
- Basketball: David wants to play football and basketball his freshman season to see how it he likes it. His first love has always been hoops.
- Show the love: If you want this young man, show him. Recruit him consistently, show him he can be part of your team, and there is a spot for him.

This recruitment has been very fluid over the past three months and it will likely have its ups and downs between now and signing day, so make sure you stay tuned to Scout for the latest.

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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