Sharpe will visit Louisville

Brandon Sharpe, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker from Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes, is an under-the-radar prospect. A teammate of Shamarko Thomas, Sharpe didn't play football the past two years. Now Sharpe ranks among the state's leaders in sacks and he'll make an official visit to Louisville soon.

Brandon Sharpe was supposed to make his visit to Louisville last weekend with Thomas when the Cardinals hosted South Florida at PJCS. That trip, though, had to be rescheduled.

"I was supposed to visit last week but I had to reschedule because my parents were going out of the country. So I rescheduled my official visit for Nov. 22," Sharpe said.

That's the weekend Louisville will play host to West Virginia in a marquee Big East clash. It's also an important recruiting weekend for the Cardinals, who will host several prospects on official visits.

So which schools are showing the most interest in Sharpe?

"Louisville, Richmond and Liberty," Sharpe said. "I don't have an offer from Louisville yet. I think they have a pretty good program. I think coach (Eric) Lewis is a real nice guy. He's been to my school to visit."

Sharpe said he made an unofficial visit to Richmond in October.

On the field, Sharpe has played well in his return season after not playing for the past two years. He's one of the state leaders in sacks with 12.

"I'm doing well this season and so is the team," said Sharpe. "I think I'm the third leading tackler on the team. I play strong-side defensive end but college coaches are looking at me for outside linebacker. I think my strengths are being a leader and making sure the whole team is focused. I'm very coachable.

"I played my freshman year but I haven't played since. It feels like my first year. I stopped playing my 10th grade year because I got adopted and I moved out to the (Virginia) beach. I wasn't allowed to play last year because my parents wanted me to prove I could make the honor roll the entire year and I did so I was able to play this year."

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