With 45 days remaining until the start of Florida’s football season, we take a look at freshman offensive tackle David Sharpe. Sharpe earns the title of the biggest prospect of the 2014 recruiting class, coming in at 6-6, 336 pounds and giving teammate Trenton Brown a run for his money. The most intriguing part of Sharpe’s story may be that he only played football for one year in high school. But boy did that year pay off for the big guy.
Sharpe played his only season of football at Providence High School in Jacksonville before graduating from Fletcher. He helped pave the way for a Stallions’ rushing attack that averaged 277.3 yards per game. Sharpe was so impressive that he earned MaxPreps First Team All-America honors and a trip to the U.S. Army All-American bowl. His senior season also impressed recruitniks as he vaulted to the top of the ratings and rankings. 247Sports final composite ratings for Sharpe had him as a four-star prospect, ranked as the 11th OT, 17th player in Florida, and the 112th player overall. His play also earned him scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, and South Carolina before ultimately choosing Florida over Tennessee.
Before dominating the gridiron, David Sharpe excelled on the hardwood. He was an athletic big man who could have played college basketball, but decided to take his talents to the football field. Sharpe averaged 16 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while providing a roadblock for teams trying to get to the rim.
With his size, nimble feet, and athleticism, Sharpe could see the field this season for the Gators. At the very least, he’ll provide some depth at the left tackle position, serving as one of the options to back up starter D.J. Humphries. Even though Sharpe signed a scholarship to play football at Florida, there’s an outside possibility that he could suit up for Billy Donovan and the Gators basketball program. They could use some depth at the power forward/center position as well. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing number 78 in the Orange and Blue.