Sharp Enjoys Iowa Stop

Iowa played host to New Jersey linebacker Chris Sharp on Saturday for its spring game. The talented defender talked about his Hawkeyes' stop and where it puts them on his list.

Chris Sharp traveled halfway across the country to see Iowa. To say that the New Jersey product left the state impressed with the Hawkeyes might be an understatement.

"After today, Iowa is definitely at the top of my list," Sharp said.

Sharp was fresh off his Hawkeye visit Saturday when he watched the Iowa spring game at Kinnick Stadium.

"It went great. It really was a wonderful visit," he said.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Sharp reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Boston College, Old Dominion and Rutgers. rates The Hun School (Princeton, NJ) linebacker as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.

"Next for me is to talk with my family and coaches about my decision because it's really important to me where I'll be spending my next four years," Sharp said.

Sharp said he has no time set for a decision. It could run into the fall, depending on how things go. Whenever it happens, it sounds like Iowa will be in the mix for his services.

"With the defense they run, their Leo linebacker is where I'd fit in perfectly," Sharp said. "He's a guy that will rush the QB as well as cover a tight end on another play. I could definitely see myself fitting in the program."

Sharp first met with Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle before speaking with outside linebackers coach LeVar Woods. He finished up with head coach Kirk Ferentz after the spring game.

"We talked about his personal experience and his previous positions and why he loves Iowa the most of them all," Sharp said. "He's a very smart and knowledgable man. All of the Iowa staff is smart and knowledgable."

Sharp said he connected with a lot of the other recruits visiting Iowa Saturday, including commitments, Levi and Landan Paulsen.

"The game was great. The atmosphere was crazy. They had about 15,000-20,000 fans, I think. The defense was flying around playing with such high intensity it was amazing," Sharp said.

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