Sharick Lands First Offer

Champaign, Ill., tight end Andrew Sharick is a player that a handful of schools - including Indiana - has been keeping an eye on, and the Central H.S. standout recently received his first scholarship offer...

One of the top tight end prospects in the state of Illinois has finally received his first offer and he is hoping it will open the flood gates. Champaign (Ill.) Central High School tight end Andrew Sharick has been getting a lot of attention this off season, but little has come of it until now.

"I got my first offer from Ball State on Thursday," said Sharick. "I went to their camp at Lawrence North high school and they offered me. I haven't been to the school to see it yet but I'm going to get there as soon as I can."

The 6-6, 220-pound Sharick has spent his high school career at the wide receiver position, but projects at the tight end position on the college level. His lack of blocking experience has kept some schools from offering until they get a closer look, making this summer a busy one for Sharick.

"All the schools have me at the tight end position," said Sharick. "I play right now out of the flanker position, but my coach plans to run a lot more Power-I sets next season where I'll be blocking more. I'm not too worried about if one school hasn't seen enough of my blocking because I want to go somewhere with an offense where the tight end is a part of the passing game. If a school doesn't run that I probably wouldn't go there."

While he only has an offer from Ball State, Sharick has been receiving attention from major programs, including some Big Ten schools.

"I'm still hearing from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois out of the Big Ten," said Sharick. "Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois have talked to me, too.

"I've been to Indiana and Iowa so far. I didn't get to run through all of the drills when I was at Indiana because I had a little bit of a groin injury when I was there. I didn't get to run the 40, the 20-yard shuffle or do any agility, but I ran some routes and caught a few passes. (Assistant head coach Bill) Lynch told me not to worry about it because he saw me a few weeks early at another combine and knew what I could do."

Sharick has a busy week ahead of him as he returns to the road to show off his skills, traveling four days in a row throughout the state of Illinois and over to Ohio.

"I'm going to Eastern (Illinois) on Wednesday, Northern (Illinois) on Thursday, Bowling Green on Friday and I'm going with my team to a 7-on-7 camp at Illinois on Saturday. I have trips to Northwestern and Michigan State coming up soon too."

While the transition to another position is never easy for any player, Sharick is not worried about switching positions to play on the college level.

"The most difficult part has been working with my offensive line coach to make sure I know the drills that you need to know to block," said Sharick. "It's been a while since I've had to go through those so I just had to brush up on it. Other than that there haven't been any problems.

"This summer I'm going to focus on getting bigger, faster, better at blocking and keep improving my hands." Top Stories