Sharpe talks about Louisville commitment

Zay Sharpe, a physical 6'2, 210-pound running back from Griffen (GA) Spaulding, committed to Louisville on Friday. Sharpe, who flew under the radar before committing to the Cardinals, talked about his decision with

Griffen (GA) Spaulding running back Zay Sharpe plays in a one-back, pass oriented offense in high school and that's one of the main reasons his profile isn't higher this spring.

But Louisville did their homework on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect with 4.5 forty-speed and offered a scholarship earlier this spring. Louisville assistant Kenny Carter built a strong relationship with Sharpe and managed to get him and his family up to UofL for the Cardinals spring game last month.

That's when things really started to get serious between Louisville and Sharpe. Last Friday, Sharpe, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns last season as a junior, called Carter and committed to the Cardinals.

"I sat and talked with my family [Friday] and then I gave him [Carter] a call," Sharpe said. "They were happy about it and glad that I made the decision."

Sharpe said he chose Louisville because he felt comfortable with Charlie Strong's coaching staff and liked their approach toward academics.

"I was talking to my parents about Louisville and they thought Louisville would be a good fit for me," Sharpe said. "When I went up to the spring game there was a lot of stuff that I liked. I liked the coaches and how they wanted students first before they wanted ball players. So that's what helped make my decision."

Sharpe starts spring practice next week and could emerge as one of the top running backs in Georgia next season. He was recruited exclusively as a running back by the Cardinals and should be a nice fit in Mike Sanford's spread-option offense because of his running and pass receiving abilities.

"When we talked about it they talked about how I run," said Sharpe. "They said I have pretty good vision. They like to run up the middle and I have the [vision] to fit into their offense. I think I could fit in pretty well. They run the same kind of offense I run in high school."

"I'm a good back," Sharpe added. "I have good vision and good moves. [Louisville] said they needed a big back basically. They said I have the size and smarts. So here I am."

According to Sharpe, Auburn was in the mix with his recruitment before he chose Louisville. So too were Georgia Southern, Troy, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

"I'm pretty firm with my decision," Sharpe said. "I already talked to my parents about how I want to go to Louisville. My mom and granddad came to the spring game with me. Everybody is happy and supportive of my decision."

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