The wide receiver position in Ohio this year has the potential to be very deep. Chances are you've heard about blue-chipper Mario Manningham and standout Brian Hartline of Canton GlenOak, but the unique thing about this WR class is just how many players there are with the potential to jump up the list and become highly-recruited receivers with strong camp showings. J. Sharps of Westerville South is one of those receivers.
What makes Sharps stand out among these players is his size.
"I'm 6-5, closer to 6-6. I'm still in the 200 pound range," he said.
Originally, he was planning on heading to Ohio State this weekend for the Nike Camp, but an injury will keep him out.
"I'm going to Toledo and Michigan State this weekend," he said. "I have a foot injury, so I'm not going to Nike."
Sharps, who says he still might attend Nike Camp in Pennsylvania, says that both Toledo and Michigan State are recruiting him as a receiver. His size has caused some to wonder about TE, but it sounds like it is WR all the way for Sharps, even though he may get some looks on defense in 2004.
"I didn't play any defense last year but I might play some safety this year," he said.
Where else might he camp this year?
"I might go to Ohio State and definitely to Michigan," he said.
Sharps said that Pittsburgh and Michigan State seem to be recruiting him the hardest.
"Pitt's sending me a lot of stuff, and Michigan State," he said. "Some of the MAC schools."
Sharps participates in track but the sprained foot he suffered during basketball has kept him away from running so far. When healthy, he participates in the high jump, the long jump and the hurdles.
Sharps says he hopes to major in business or computers, and right now, he is unsure about when he will make a commitment.
"I'm not sure about committing," he said. "It is going to be determined by who offers as to when I commit. When the offers start coming in, I'll sit down and talk to my parents about it."