ECU commit swayed by Louisville visit?

Chris Sharpe arrived at Louisville for an unofficial visit Thursday verbally committed to East Carolina. After checking the Cardinals out, the Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson cornerback has decided to re-open his recruitment and says he could pick a new school in short order.

Chris Sharpe made a big decision to re-open his recruitment after visiting Louisville on Thursday. A former ECU commit, the Cardinals now appear the team to beat for Sharpe's commitment.

"The visit went well," Sharpe said. "We met with the coaches and they showed us around the school and the campus. They showed us the facilities and the stadium where they are adding on to it."

Initially recruited by Louisville defensive line coach Ken Delgado, Sharpe spent considerable time during his visit getting to know cornerbacks coach Larry Slade..

"I got to talk to my position coach, Coach Slade," Sharpe said. "I've been dealing with Coach (Ken) Delgado – he's the recruiting coordinator in our area. The first time I'd spoken with Coach Slade was last week and today was the first time I got to actually sit down and talk to him. He's a real cool coach and he's very upfront. One thing I like about him is he mixes coverages up for his defensive backs."

Sharpe, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback, verbally committed to East Carolina in late June. The Pirates were the only school to offer Sharpe at the time of his commitment, though he received interest from North Carolina, Georgia and Troy. Shortly after committing to the Pirates, Louisville stepped up to the plate with an offer.

"I'm opening things back up," Sharpe said. "Louisville opened my eyes and let me know there are other schools out there, plus (Louisville) is in a BCS conference."

That Louisville competes in a BCS league played a big factor in his decision to de-commit from ECU, a member of Conference USA. "It's a big factor because I'd like to play against the best on TV and get noticed," said Sharpe. "I've always wanted to play in a BCS conference and Louisville will give me the opportunity to do that if I decide to go there."

It looks good for the Cardinals.

"I plan on making a decision before school so I can get it over with so I can focus on my senior season and my grades," Sharpe said. "I'm going to talk it over with my mom and coaches and see where it goes. That was my last visit. I'm leaning towards (Louisville)."

Why has Louisville jumped in front of ECU on Sharpe's list?

"The coaches showed me a lot of love, I like the way they use their defensive backs, they play in a BCS conference and it's a nice area and good facilities," Sharpe said. "I like the way they talked about life and academics. It's just an all around good school."

Sharpe said he plans to make a decision in the next "couple weeks, maybe sooner." As a junior, Sharpe, who runs a 4.5 forty, made 32 tackles, two interceptions and broke up 11 passes. Louisville is recruiting Sharpe as a cornerback.

"I'm a real good man-to-man, cover corner," Sharpe said. "I like to get in people's faces and I don't shy away from contact. I've got long arms and I feel like I can play the jump ball really well. I can run with anybody and I feel I have a lot of upside as a defensive back."


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