Floyd Still Has Work To Do

Pennsylvania defensive lineman has come a long way in a short time. But he's not finished yet, when it comes to his game or picking a college program.

Sharrif Floyd has not let all of the attention go to his head. The five-star defensive tackle from Philadelphia, Pa., now holds 25 offers, coming from relative obscurity after being named All-Combine at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

“It is really a blessing that the doors in front of me are being opened,” Floyd said. “It was a great experience for me (The Combine) and it helped me get the attention of a lot of different schools. But I can't get too excited, I won't get too excited, because I know that I am not where I need to be yet.”

Several months after blowing away the competition in San Antonio, Floyd continued to impress by making the Elite Eight Defensive Team at the Scout.com Combine in Baltimore. Floyd was most dominating in the one-on-one drills there. Though he moves quickly, running a 5.1-second 40-yard dash, he still feels that speed is one of the main things he can improve upon.

“I know that I can be faster than that, you can always be faster,” he said. “I also need to work a lot on my agility drills, as well as making progress with my hands and different techniques. I was very crisp in the one-on-one drills, but I still need lots of reps to keep it going.”

Floyd has come a long way, considering this fall will only be his fifth season of playing football. He got into the sport in the eighth grade, trying out with his cousin after the two had played basketball together for years.

“I made 20 tackles in my first four games,” he said. “So I figured it was worth giving football a shot.”

Fast-forward four years and the 6-foot3, 305-pounder is rated as the third best defensive tackle prospect in the country. While being courted by almost every major program on the East Coast, Floyd will be spending his summer visiting the state of Florida. Headlined by a visit to defending national champion Florida July 23, Floyd also plans to visit both Florida State and Miami.

Given that he is in Penn State's backyard, the Nittany Lions are on his radar as well. He said he has visited Penn State three times so far, the most recent being for the Nike Camp.

“They fit right into the picture,” Floyd said of PSU. “They have a lot of the things I am looking for: a great overall coaching staff, good campus life and good academics.”

Another thing that does not hurt the Nittany Lions chances is that they have defensive line Coach Larry Johnson. Floyd has spoken with Johnson and came away impressed.

“He is one of the main reasons that I am considering Penn State,” Floyd said. “He is a great coach and has shown that he knows what he is doing. It would be a real honor to play for him; he is someone who can help me on the field as well as off, to become a better man than I already am.”

While he has offers from all over, Floyd could be another gem in what is already shaping up to be a very impressive recruiting class for Penn State. But he is set on keeping his options open. He is interested in staying in state, but it is not a priority.

“The in-state schools interest me, but it really doesn't matter where I go,” he said. “Hard work pays off and I just want to end up in a place where I can become the football player that I am capable of.”

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