Louisville lands Virginia teammates

Virginia's tidewater-area was fruitful for the Louisville football team on Friday as the Cardinals landed two defensive prospects from Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes - linebacker Brandon Sharpe and safety Shamarko Thomas.

Brandon Sharpe, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, was a late bloomer who showed lots of promise on the field as a senior this season. Sharpe recently made an official visit to Louisville and, after receiving a visit from Steve Kragthorpe in the past few days, decided to call the UofL coach Friday and commit to the Cardinals.

"After my visit I really liked Louisville," Sharpe said. "I like the atmosphere and the education part. So I just fell in love with everything about it."

Sharpe said Kragthorpe was excited about his decision.

"He was happy and said he was glad I chose to be a Cardinal," Shape said.

Sharpe and Shamarko Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound safety with 4.4 speed, helped Ocean Lakes to a 12-1 record this season. Thomas recorded more than 100 tackles from his safety position as a senior, while Sharpe made 20 sacks.

"It was just mainly a brotherhood. We really communicate well together," said Sharpe. "We both know what each other is thinking on the field."

Though Sharpe played defensive end at Ocean Lakes H.S. he says the Cardinals envision him as an outside linebacker.

"I don't think it will be a big problem because I had plays where I dropped back and plays where I stood up last season," said Sharpe. "Actually I like standing up better. I think it will be better for me."

Sharpe said he also held offers from Delaware, Old Dominion and Liberty. Thomas had offers from Marshall, Old Dominion and Richmond.

"I'm done. This is my choice," Sharpe said.


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