Commitment Analysis: Aaron Sharp

In quarterback Aaron Sharp, UCLA is getting a tremendous athlete who could develop into a Pac-12 level starting quarterback...

Player Name: Aaron Sharp
Position: Quarterback
Position Rank: #60
Height/Weight: 6-3, 190
Year: 2014
School: Humble (Tex.) Summer Creek
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA over Kansas State, Washington, Utah, Texas
Stat Line (2013): 2,700 yards, 30 TDs

Recruiting Run Down: Sharp's recruitment saw plenty of twists and turns over the last year. In early summer last year, it was reported that Sharp was going to make a commitment to Utah, and by all accounts, that happened. Then, not a full day later, it was announced that he wanted to play closer to home (conference-wise) and committed to Kansas State. Sharp said at the time it was a family decision. For most of the season, Sharp was sold on this commitment, even to the point where he was named one of the top offensive players in the Greater Houston area. Over December and January, though, Sharp began to talk with a few Pac-12 schools, including UCLA. The Bruins recruited him hard, and brought him in on an official visit this past weekend. Sharp said that he loved everything about the official visit. Then, to cap it all off, head coach Jim Mora and quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone had an in-home with Sharp and his family Monday night in which the UCLA coaches gave Sharp a strong pitch about competing for the job in 2015. Sharp heard enough and decided that UCLA would be his school of choice.

Why Sharp Picked UCLA: One of the key selling points for Sharp was the NFL experience on staff. He said he felt like this would be the best fit for him to develop as a quarterback.

Sharp Quote: "The coaches came by my house and talked about the plans they had for me. Once we got done and everything sounded good, I told coach Mora I wanted to be a Bruin."

What UCLA Gets in Sharp: Sharp is a tremendous athlete, with track speed. He reportedly ran a 21.9 second 200 meters, which would make him easily the fastest quarterback on the Bruin roster. He has a developing throwing motion and decent arm strength. Looking at his athleticism, it'd be easy to see a situation where, if he doesn't win the quarterback competition, he could transition into another position and make an impact.


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