It’s not often that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have the opportunity to one-up in-state rival Georgia in recruiting, so when that opportunity happens, head coach Paul Johnson needs to seize the chance to close the deal.
Four-star offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), who is the No.2 offensive tackle prospect in the nation, had previously given indications that his intention was to give Georgia his top consideration. But there have been some complications, and it appears that the Bulldogs may not have room for Sharpe in their 2014 class.
This opens the door for a few programs to impress Sharpe and pick up a huge commit, and Georgia Tech recruiting this kid only makes sense now.
Sharpe had planned to attend the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville this coming weekend, but has now said he will be at the Florida State-Miami game in Tallahassee, and will visit with the Seminoles on Nov. 2, which means the ACC is firmly in place to pick up what everyone believed was a sure-fire SEC recruit.
This is precisely the kind of offensive tackle that Johnson wants in his offense. At 6’6, 288 lbs, Sharpe has the length and height to be a good pass blocker, but his real upside is in his run blocking ability. Despite being tall, he has great ability to get low and roll his hips on a cut block, and he’s quick on the line and blocks moving targets well.
Georgia Tech has already offered Sharpe, and with Georgia fading from the picture, the Jackets could impress the heck out of this young man with another big day on the ground against Pittsburgh this coming weekend.
But Johnson’s best shot at garnering some interest from Sharpe will be on Nov. 14, when the Yellow Jackets travel to Death Valley to face the Clemson Tigers, who are also on Sharpe’s list of possibilities. Post an upset against the Tigers, and the Jackets would move quickly up the ESPN 300 recruit’s list.