Louisville the team to beat for Sharpe?

Chris Sharpe, a two-star corner from Stone Mountain, Ga., has four official visits scheduled in January. His first trip will be to Louisville and Charlie Strong's program might hold the winning cards. Sharpe spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his upcoming visit tour...

Chris Sharpe, the No. 147 ranked cornerback in the nation, has four official visits scheduled in January. He'll begin his visit tour in Louisville in two weeks, then head to West Virginia, Wisconsin and Middle Tennessee.

"I'm going to Louisville on the 8th of January, West Virginia on the 15th, Wisconsin on the 22nd and Middle Tennessee on the 29th," Sharpe said.

Wisconsin and MTSU have offered scholarships and Sharpe had an offer from the previous coaching staff at Louisville. West Virginia hasn't offered a scholarship yet but Sharpe said Bill Stewart is talking about offering when he visits Morgantown on Jan. 15.

"They said they're going to offer but you know how that is," Sharpe said. "He sounded pretty serious and said he doesn't b.s.about stuff like that."

Sharpe committed to East Carolina last summer but re-opened his recruitment after Louisville offered. He visited Louisville twice this season, including a trip in November. The Cardinals are Sharpe's favorite heading into the official visit portion of his recruitment.

"They're still at the top of the list," Sharpe said. "They were the offer that made me de-commit from East Carolina. When I go up there they make me feel at home. I feel like I can go up there and make an impact my freshman year."

Sharpe spoke with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong last week.

"I talked to him earlier last week and he said he's excited about me," Sharpe said. "He said he wants me to meet all the coaches first and after that we can get everything else rolling. I knew who he was but when he was talking to me he was just telling me about the school. It was a fairly brief conversation. He was just talking to me about the visit and I think he said he's going to come down to Georgia to see me before my visit. I plan on calling him again this week."

Ken Delgado was recruiting Sharpe for the Cardinals but the 5-10, 154-pound defensive back hasn't heard from him since the coaching change. Sharpe called Louisville assistant Larry Slade last week and it appears he's now spearheading Sharpe's recruitment for the Cardinals.

"I talked to Coach Slade on Christmas," Sharpe said. "He was talking to me about the coaching change and the visit. He said he's going to be at Louisville."

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