Recruiting: Sharp Gains National Recognition

Quinn Sharp normally is not a reader of Sports Illustrated but that may change for the Oklahoma State commitment. The 6-foot, 180-pound kicker's photo ran in the national magazine last week with a story on how more high school kickers than ever before are earning college scholarships. We caught up with Sharp on Wednesday night to visit about his newfound notoriety and a number of other subjects.

Sharp and his Summit High School teammates are off to a good start – 5-1 overall and 3-0 in District 4-5A – entering the stretch run of the season. Sharp had a pair of field goals, including a season-best 50-yarder in the fourth quarter, of last week's 20-7 victory over North Crowley. A week earlier, his 29-yard field goal with 7:13 remaining in the game proved to be the difference as Summit defeated previously unbeaten Mansfield 17-14 in a district contest.

Sharp is a perfect 7-of-7 on field goal attempts this season but he would have loved to have had one more chance last Friday night in the win over North Crowley.

"I thought I was going to get to try a 58-yarder in the third quarter," Sharp said, "but the coach decided to punt it and pin them deep in their own territory. Coach (Kyle Geller) called me over and said, ‘I know you can make it but a field goal is not going to help us much here so let's just punt it and pin them deep.' "

The future Cowboy kicker is enjoying the recognition from the Sports Illustrated article. "It was pretty exciting. I knew there was going to be an article but I didn't know there was going to be a picture," said Sharp, whose career long field goal is 52 yards kicked during his junior season but he has made a 65-yarder in practice.

"I noticed there were more camera people at the game that week, but I didn't think much about it. My dad got the magazine, and we normally don't read it, but he's the one who saw it first, and called me."

Sharp made an unofficial visit to Stillwater for the OSU-Texas Tech game Sept. 22. He is still trying to decide when he'll make an official visit.

He keeps in touch with Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy and assistant Curtis Luper. "I'll talk to one of them probably every couple of weeks," said Sharp, who says he still receives mail from Illinois, TCU, Kansas and Kansas State but does not get any telephone calls from those schools and is firmly committed to Oklahoma State.

Sharp, rated the No. 1 high school kicking prospect by kicking expert Chris Sailer, can't wait to get to Oklahoma State and join a program that continues to improve, and he's looking forward to becoming one of the first players to play his entire career in the renovated Boone Pickens Stadium. "It's a cool feeling," he said. "It's going to be great to get a chance to be playing in one of the top facilities in the nation. Everything just seems to be moving forward for them."

The same could be said for Sharp. He learned a few weeks ago that he was selected to play for the West team in the O-D All American Bowl to be played Jan. 4, 2008, at Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami.

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