Interview: Glenn Sharpe

I remember the first time I became aware of Sharpe was last September. It was opening night at Traz Powell Stadium between Carol City and Northwestern. While all eyes were focused on guys like Willie Jones and Jovonny Ward, I left that night with someone else on my mind.

Cornerback Glenn Sharpe, who wears jersey No. 1, was the best player on the field that night. He finished with six tackles, two interceptions, and one punt return for a touchdown that broke the game open. He went on to have an outstanding junior season, finishing with seven interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, and three punt returns for scores. In fact, at the end of last season, I pegged Sharpe as the No. 1 junior in the entire state of Florida.

Then in the spring Sharpe continued to be very impressive. We're talking about a definite Top 10 kid overall in the state, regardless of position. He has the total package as a cornerback. He's physical enough to be a safety, and is excellent in run support. He measured in at the Auburn camp two weeks ago at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. With ideal size, he clocked a camp-best 4.36 in the 40 and turned in an amazing 39-inch vertical jump. We're talking about an outstanding athlete, a superb track star (200, 400, and 4x4), and an even better football player.

Whether he's No. 1 or No. 3 at cornerback on the state lists, it doesn't matter. This is a big time football player, period. He will help someone win a lot of football games over the next four years.

Your current core GPA: 2.5 for now

Your current test score: I haven't taken them yet (editor's note: Sharpe has already passed both sections of the HSCT)

Which schools have offered you a scholarship: Miami, Arkansas, LSU, Rutgers, Georgia, N.C. State, Auburn, and Michigan State.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: Well, my top four right now are UM, Florida State, Florida, and probably Ohio State.

Talk about Florida State: I like them a lot and I think I will go to their camp in a couple weeks.

Talk about Florida: Well, I like them and all, but it doesn't seem like they are recruiting any defensive backs in this part of the state. I haven't heard from them at all.

Talk about UM: Coach Randy Shannon talked to me and told me how much they liked me and how they are trying to keep all the best players from here in Miami to stay home. He said they really like my potential, especially with my size and speed. With the people they have now, we will have a chance to win the national championship.

Who are some of the top players from other schools in Dade County: Terrell Walden and "Nookie" (Darnell Jenkins).

When will you make a decision: I will probably wait and take my visits and then decide sometime at the end of the season.

I really like our chances with this one. Everyone talks about how Sharpe is not interested in Miami, and that is total BS. Sharpe has the swagger of a kid that Miami has been made famous for. I personally think Ohio State is a total longshot, while Florida is not recruiting him and if they start in the fall, it might be too late. Therefore, I think this is primarily another Miami-Florida State battle and I like our chances with Randy Shannon, especially considering the fact that Sharpe referred to the Hurricanes as "we" in this interview.

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