Marshall, Michigan quarterback Evan Sharpley was surprised when Iowa offered him a scholarship last fall. The Hawkeyes were the first school to do so. It was not a surprise that a high-major football program would extend such an offer to the talented Sharpley, but he had not been hearing a lot from Iowa at the time.
"It came pretty much as a surprise. I had not talked with any of their coaches, and I don't think my high school coach had, either. It just kind of came out of the blue." Sharpley said.
"After that, I made a visit down there when they played Minnesota. Iowa City is a wonderful town. I like the coaches down there and the atmosphere at the game was incredible."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder threw for approximately 1,900 yards last year and 19 touchdown passes while playing on a team that did not have a great season, as he put it.
Yet Sharpley's skills shone through some of the regular season potholes, and now he holds offers from Iowa, Wisconsin and LSU, plus instate offers from both Central and Western Michigan. He is also hearing from Michigan.
But for now, his phone has not been ringing off the hook as far as recruiting calls, though several schools are very much interested.
"I have been seeing several colleges at my school, so I talk with them there. I definitely feel honored to be recognized like that. It's an honor to go through this process. You meet some great people, and I am just learning more as I go." Sharpley said.
Sharpley was in Iowa City again this past weekend participating in the Nike Camp. He was able to get onto Iowa's practice facilities and he enjoyed his time.
"Iowa has great facilities, and it was nice to be able to get out on them and work out. It was a great day outside, weather wise, so everything was very nice."
Sharpley is a great athlete and is also an accomplished baseball player with a passion for that sport. When he ultimately decides where he will attend college, and he says he will be taking his time with that and intends to take all of his visits, baseball is going to play a factor in his decision.
"I would like to do both. I feel pretty strongly about that. I play shortstop for my high school team, and during the summer I play third base." Sharpley said.
"Anywhere I want to go, I want to be put in the best situation to win a championship. LSU won a national championship in football last year and they are ranked #1 or #2 in baseball each year."
"Wisconsin does not have a baseball team. Iowa was playing Purdue in a double header while the Nike Camp was going on. My dad and my brother did, and they said the facilities were very nice."
Sharpley said that he was a Michigan fan when he was younger, but that the recruiting process has him open to all suitors and each will receive serious consideration.