Sharpening Focus

With one cornerback already in the mix, Wisconsin football is looking to add another talented ball defender into the mix. Offering Stone Mountain, Georgia, athlete Chris Sharpe and scheduling him on an official visit, the Badgers are hoping that Sharpe is that guy.

MADISON - The last time the Badgers reached into Georgia for a prospect, it was Roderick Rogers from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA.

In 2010 Wisconsin is looking at another defensive back from the same high school, and his name is Chris Sharpe.

Sharpe, a 5-foot 11, 185-pound cornerback who runs a 4.53 40 yard dash, committed early on in the process to East Carolina, but opened up his recruitment after a visit to Louisville during the summer.

Sharpe has received interest from numerous programs around the country and is currently looking at a few schools in particular.

"I'm looking at Louisville, Middle Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin," Sharpe told Badger Nation. "They are all giving me love. All of them have offered except West Virginia."

After playing well during his senior season, Sharpe has now focused his time on his recruitment. He will be visiting Louisville this weekend (1/8), West Virginia on 1/15, Wisconsin on 1/22, and Middle Tennessee State on 1/29.

Coach Settle has been handling the recruitment of Sharpe for the Badgers. "We have talked through email and on the phone. He is a cool guy. He also came down to my school to visit me, too."

The Badgers are going to have to play catch-up if they want to land Sharpe.

"Louisville is my favorite," Sharpe said.

If Sharpe can make it through his visit to Louisville without committing, then the other schools on his list may have a chance.

Sharpe has one thing he is really looking for in a program. "Academics are always important," Sharpe said. "The main thing I'm looking for is playing time. I want the chance to start as a freshman."

There is also another hurdle that Wisconsin will have to jump over. "It (distance) will probably play a factor," Sharpe said. "Wisconsin is kind of far away."

While Sharpe has four visits planned for the next four weekends, a decision could come at any moment. "I want to make a decision as soon as possible," Sharpe said.

Sharpe, a two-star athlete by finished the 2008 season with 32 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

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