For their recruiting class of 2014, the Florida Gators have three committed offensive line prospects but there are other important targets such as tackle David Sharpe (6-8, 275, Jacksonville, FL Providence), who took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend.
“It was great visit to Tennessee,” Sharpe told Gator Country. “I enjoyed my first visit up there and I was able to see everything they had to offer. It lived up to my expectations as far as the visit goes.”
Sharpe has taken several unofficial visits to Florida, but has been both hot and cold about committing to an official. That seems to have changed because the Jacksonville star plans to take one to Gainesville as he sees early playing time available.
“My next official for me is to Florida for the Florida State game,” Sharpe said. “They have been on me hard lately and have just told me they need me and that I have a great opportunity to play at Florida. They would love for me to come to Florida and play for them.”
With all of the negative talk swirling around the program and the job security of the coaches seemingly in jeopardy, Sharpe remains positive about the opportunity he sees at Florida.
“I see a huge opportunity at Florida to come in and play early with the recent struggles on the offensive line,” Sharpe said. “I hope all of the coaches stay because they are great coaches especially Coach (Tim) Davis because we have developed a great relationship together.”
Sharpe made news on Monday night when he put out on Twitter that a commitment was coming soon but he says it may not be as soon as some may think.
“I’m going to announce soon after I take another visit or so,” Sharpe said. “It will be before the Army All-American Game in January.”
Spivey Says: For the first time in quite awhile I feel like Florida is back in the driver’s seat for Sharpe as he sees an opportunity to compete early at Florida on the offensive line. While I think Sharpe needs a year to work on his fundamentals before he’s able to play he still has the opportunity to compete early.