Vols impress 4-star tackle

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Phillip Fulmer says Tennessee needs more linemen.

Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney would agree.

With limited space in the 2014 recruiting class and the Vols likely losing all of its starting offensive line, the orange and white continue to pursue several tackle prospects.

David Sharpe is one of those targets.

Sharpe, a FOX Sports and Scout four-star, isn't a man of many words, but he gushed about his official visit to Rocky Top to watch the Vols take on No. 7 Auburn.

"It was so nice. I really enjoyed, like, everything," Sharpe told InsideTennessee. "The fans were great. So was the atmosphere of the game and touring the facilities. I liked it all."

The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder doesn't have a clear list of leaders and says he isn't close to making a decision. But Tennessee certainly made a big impression.

"It really changed my perspective about Tennessee," the Florida native said. "I didn't know much about Tennessee before my visit and this is my first time going to Tennessee. I liked everything – the fans, facilities. It was all good."

But Sharpe's interests go beyond Neyland Stadium and the football facilities.

The lineman's first love was basketball and he plans to play in college.

Sharpe made a pit stop to talk with Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin during his visit.

"(Martin) said he's excited about me," Sharpe recalls. "He said if I decide to go to Tennessee, he would be really happy about that."

A post player at Providence (Fla.) High School, Sharpe is widely praised for having quick feet and excellent length.

Sharpe spent Sunday morning in a film room with Mahoney and said Tennessee's offensive line coach was demonstrating how Sharpe's skills would fit in the Vols' up-tempo scheme.

"He just kept showing me schemes and told me how and why I was needed," Sharpe said. "He would show me a play from one of Tennessee's games and then put a clip on of me doing a similar play. I really could see myself fitting in."

Sharpe spent much of his visit with Mahoney and described their relationship as "great."

"I have a really great relationship with (Mahoney)," Sharpe told IT. "And we're just starting to build on it."

Sharpe's biggest key in his recruitment is early playing time.

Coaches talked to Sharpe at length about his chances to see the field immediately. It's a big plus for the Vols.

"I think that's the biggest thing Tennessee has going for them," Sharpe said. "Everyone kept telling me I have a big opportunity to play at Tennessee.

"(Mahoney) said there's a big difference between want and need. And he said they both want me and need me. It makes me very excited. It's somewhere I can go to play early."

Other than early playing time, Sharpe said a good relationship with his position coach will be a big factor in his decision.

"I just want someone to be honest with me," Sharpe said.

Mahoney gets a checkmark there.

"Coach (Mahoney) is very upfront and honest with me," Sharpe said. "That's really what I'm looking for, so that's a good thing for Tennessee. I just really liked everything."

Georgia, Clemson and Florida seemed to be the schools to beat for Sharpe, but the nation's No. 15 tackle said his recruitment has slowed in recent weeks.

"I haven't heard from Georgia and Clemson much at all," he said. "But I still hear from Florida."

Sharpe said he wants to take more official visits before making a decision, but added he is unsure of his future travel plans.

"I'm just really open to anything right now," Sharpe said. "I want to take my time."

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