"KU...the place I need to be."

The KU football team has caught a talent that most in Kansas have found tough to catch in Salina Central star RB/DB Jake Sharp. The football stud who doubles as a track star (complete with near 4.4 speed in the 40) is thrilled to be a Jayhawk and glad to have gotten the decision out of the way early.

"I was really happy about my decision," Jake Sharp said of picking Kansas.  "I kind of just woke up one morning and just kind of put everything on the table, pros and cons of all the schools I was looking at, and KU really popped out as the place I need to be."

The 'Hawks beat out two schools from neighboring states to land the services of this Mustang senior-to-be.

"I was considering pretty hard Colorado State, Nebraska and KU," said Sharp. "I had kind of narrowed it down to my top three. I had an offer from Colorado State.  Nebraska was pretty close but never came out and fully offered."

After making multiple unofficial visits to KU, for both games and camps, Sharp was well aware of what Lawrence had to offer and knew his parents would be excited about him staying to close to home.  Personally, he was most excited to be joining a program on the rise -- especially one led by a coach who has had success at multiple standout programs.

"I think he's a great guy," Sharp said of Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino. "He's really fun to talk to.  He seems like he really could almost be your dad when you go up there.  He'd take care of you and lead you in the right direction.  He's come from really great programs.  I don't think he's ever been at a program that didn't succeed. I think he's pretty much been everywhere and built programs up.  So, I'm really excited to play for him."

And excited to play whatever position the coaching staff suggests.

"Wherever the coaches put me and think that I'll do the best at is really where I want to play.  I think playing running back comes pretty natural to me because I've been playing that since I was a little Pop Warner guy, but I think I could be a pretty good free safety too.  Those are kind of the spots I think they're looking at me at.  Wherever Coach Mangino wants me to play, that's where I'll play."

So of the many talents and physical gifts Sharp has at his disposal, what is the best attribute he'll bring to the table?

"Probably my speed (is my top attribute)," admitted Sharp.  "I've got a pretty good work ethic too.  I think that'll carry me on to the next level.  I never quit.  I think it'll be fun to go out and play with some guys like that too and I think I'll have a good time doing it."

For more on Sharp tune into today's Rock Chalk Sports Talk at 4 on Lawrence's News Talk 1320 KLWN.  "RCST" is streamed live on Phog.net every day in our Phog.TV section.

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