Michigan athlete interested in Panthers

Sometimes at college summer camps prospects that are virtual unknowns surface as legitimate prospects. One such prospect recently returned from a trip to PAC-10 land. He was an unknown commodity for two reasons: he played half the season at QB and the other half at WR, and the second is he is just now getting his highlight tape out to schools.

Wide receiver Felix Sharpe (6-0, 173, 4.65) of Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, MI recently came to the realization at a camp at UCLA that he can play with the top kids. He was impressive enough to earn a workout in front of the WR coach at UCLA.

"I went to UCLA and James McDonald and Gavin Ketchum were there and I stuck right with them," said Sharpe. "Actually, I think I was the number two receiver there behind Ketchum. He was tough. I wasn't sure if I was that type of player. Now I know I can compete with kids who have big offers.

"They took some of us aside from the others and worked us out twice. I think I held my own."

Felix played the first four games of his junior season at QB and then played the final five at wide receiver, where he caught 38 passes for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns. Sharpe is a very capable defensive back as well, picking off 4 passes and making 38 solo tackles. His sophomore season Sharpe snagged 7 interceptions.

Sharpe is the nephew of former UCLA Bruin Louis Sharpe. Louis was a 1st round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, which then moved to Arizona where he was a 3-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection.

Sharpe has been flying under the radar and hasn't picked up any offers as of yet. He has been hearing mostly from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and UCLA.

Favorites are UCLA, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and West Virginia.

"I'm really looking at everyone. I just want to get the chance to play football for someone."

The versatile Sharpe is a standout baseball and basketball player at Kalamazoo Central. Besides camping at UCLA, he has camped at Michigan, Western Michigan, Notre Dame, and is planning on a trip to Auburn. Back in May, Sharpe along with his brother and father made the trek to Western PA to attend the A-K Recruiting Showcase.

"We don't have any of those type's of smaller combines in Michigan. I had fun in Pennsylvania. I got to meet a lot of nice people."

Sharpe is an outstanding student with a 3.6 GPA and he has scored 21 on the ACT. Due to his academic achievements, Felix has attracted some interest from the Ivy League. Sharpe holds his own in the weight room as well, with a max bench of 270lbs. and a max squat of 415lbs.

Kalamazoo Central will be employing a spread offense this fall, which has Sharpe excited, "Hopefully I'll play strictly at WR this year, there may be certain situations where I come in at QB."


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