We gave you two of the seven this morning; here's the third.">
We gave you two of the seven this morning; here's the third.">

Jim S' Instate Super Seven: Prospect No. 3

Instate Recruiting Guru Jim S: "My "Super Seven" are instate juniors who are clearly major college talents and, for the most part, have already received early offers from Big Ten caliber schools. These youngsters are potential four or five star kids on the national level."<br><br> We gave you two of the seven this morning; here's the third.

Note: The seven are being presented in random order, not in order of ability.

Number three: an official visitor at last fall's OSU game. The following words are Jim S'.

QB Evan Sharpley (6-3, 190 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Marshall

Sharpley is the closest prospect that the state has seen to Drew Henson in recent years. Although not quite in Henson's class as a prospect, he has the potential to be a better college player than other recent in-state standout QBs such as Drew Stanton, Craig Krenzel, Jim Sorgi and Ryan Van Dyke (who also played at Marshall). Like Henson, in addition to his prowess on the gridiron Sharpley is also one of the best baseball prospects in the state and is a starting shooting guard in basketball. He has already received a scholarship offer in football from Iowa. He was named First Team Division 4 All-State by the Detroit Free Press.

Here is what the Battle Creek Enquirer had to say about him in naming him to their All-Area team: "EVAN SHARPLEY, Marshall Evan Sharpley had another outstanding season as Marshall's quarterback. And he's still got one to go. Sharpley, a junior, is getting plenty of attention from Division 1 recruiters and for good reason. Sharpley passed for nearly 2,000 yards on 145-of-285 passing. He had 19 TD tosses".

Niles had coach Tom Janicki had this to say about him this past season: "They have a quarterback who is being recruited by many of the Big 10 schools," Janicki said about Sharpley. "He's the best quarterback I've seen since I was an assistant coach at Penn High School and we had Scott Dreisbach (who went on to play at the University of Michigan and in the NFL)."

Marshall head coach Rich Hulkow had this to say about him to me last year: "Evan was a sophomore starter at QB. He's 6'2 1/2, 190 and runs a 4.7 forty. He's getting his last growth spurt and will be 6'3 in the fall. As a sophomore he completed 170 of 320 passes for 1869 yards, 26 TDs and only 7 interceptions. Mick McCabe just called us and said he will be listed among the top 50 baseball players in the state by the Free Press. He was also the starting Shooting guard on the basketball team as a sophomore. He has a 4.0 GPA. He has such a tremendous arm. At a Union City passing league last summer he threw the ball 70 yards in the air. And he throws the ball so effortlessly. He also has tremendous accuracy. He's a great decision-maker. He has a Big Ten arm throwing to high school receivers. He puts the ball on the money a lot. It's between football and baseball for college. He's receiving a lot of college football interest. He will camp one day each at Purdue, MSU and U-M this summer. Just one day since he will be playing baseball. He's a shortstop and pitcher. As a freshman starter he batted 550. He throws right-handed and bats left-handed. He has such a sweet swing. How does he compare to Ryan Van Dyke? He doesn't have as good of a supporting cast as Ryan did, but he has a stronger arm. Also, if you had a daughter you would want him to date her. He also has, get this, a younger brother called Ryan Sharpley who will only be an 8th grader next year. He will be a QB as well."

Evan's team had an average season, by Marshall standards, his junior year. Nevertheless, there is no denying his athleticism and arm strength. Watch for Evan to rank among the top 10 or so quarterback prospects in the nation. One astute local prep observer says that he's a similar sort of athlete as Chad Henne, although not quite as developed. He is a Michigan fan and the feeling was, pre-the Henne commitment, that he was a Michigan lock.

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