Doeren has Sharp's attention

NC State is one of several early suitors for Carrboro (NC) tailback Trai Sharp.

NC State might not be at the top of Trai Sharp's list but they aren't far off from that spot.

NC State, Purdue and Appalachian State are the three schools that have offered but a fourth and one that has not offered is his favorite.

"Right now Duke is at the top. It's just their campus, the education they offer and their coaching staff. I'm really liking that about them. They've shown a lot of interest. Right now I just need to take the SAT."

It's probably safe to assume Duke will offer if Sharp shows he can get the test score he needs and given how young he is there's no reason to doubt that will happen. In the meantime he is still listening to what other schools have to say.

In fact Sharp said it is very early in the process and while Duke leads now an offer would not lead to a quick commitment.

"It's pretty wide open after Duke but even if they offer I'd still take my time," Sharp said.

This summer the 5-10, 180-pound Carrboro running back has visited NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Indiana and Purdue. Since Purdue and the Wolfpack have offered those are the two options he has been thinking about a lot lately.

"When I was up there at Purdue the coaches were talking about how I'd get to play right away. I probably wouldn't have to redshirt."

Purdue's main angle may have been playing time but the Pack seemed to just present the school and let Sharp make up his own mind. That worked well.

"I loved NC State. I like Coach Doeren a lot. I met with him in his office a couple of times. I went to their camp twice this summer. Their coaches have a lot of experience. They are really energetic in what they do. I watched a couple of their practices and I really like their style."


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