Will Florida get an official from Sharpe?

Gator Country took a trip on Thursday night to watch Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence offensive lineman David Sharpe in his first high school game of the season.

“I did OK,” the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Sharpe said. “I could have done better, way better. I was little nervous tonight.”

As far as recruiting goes, the talented offensive linemen is getting close to narrowing things down.

“I will narrow things down soon,” Sharpe said. “Before January and February, but I want to go visit some more colleges before I set my final five official visits.”

Sharpe has double digits offers from many of the top schools across the country but Sharpe has a pretty good idea of where he will take his four official visits.

“I want to go to USC, I’m trying to go during my bye week,” Sharpe said. “Most likely Alabama, probably Clemson too, that’s the only two I know for sure. Georgia also, I like Georgia, it’s a little home cooking there. I like how there program is set up.”

One school absent from that list is the home state Florida Gators. Sharpe says an official to Gainesville doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in the Gators.

“Florida is good too,” Sharpe said. “I’ve been to Florida so much, there is no point in taking an official there. I have seen everything I need to see there.”

For Sharpe, who may try to play both basketball and football in college, he knows what he is looking for out of a school.

“Where I’m comfortable and get along with the coaches at is where I will go to,” Sharpe said. “Somewhere I can fit in and get a little bit of playing time early. I just want to find somewhere comfortable.”

Providence high school has a star offensive line coach in former Jacksonville Jaguar offensive lineman Tony Boselli. Sharpe has been able to work hand in hand with Boselli this offseason and he credits Boselli with helping him improve his game.

“It’s great working with Tony Boselli, he always gets on my tail,” Sharpe said. “He helps me a lot with techniques and using my hands and really knows all the tricks of the trade.”

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC