The Kansas State Wildcats have secured a verbal commitment from three-star quarterback Aaron Sharp out of Houston, Texas for their 2014 recruiting class. Sharp has gotten some interest from major programs across the country, including the Baylor Bears and Arizona State Sun Devils, but chose K-State partially because it gave him the best chance to succeed at the next level as a QB. For what Sharp brings to the position, he might just be the next great Wildcat quarterback.
Sharp is being recruited as a pocket passer as he plays in an offense in high school that doesn’t rely on the quarterback running the football. In his junior season, he threw for 2,954 yards with 38 touchdowns, but his long delivery can lead to inaccuracy when he’s throwing into tight windows which likely turned away some major programs. But Kansas State doesn’t mind a long delivery, especially thanks to Sharp’s outstanding athleticism.
Despite running for just 180 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, Sharp put that athleticism on display in other ways. He showed excellent elusiveness in the pocket and even toughness when he ran, bowling over a defender or two. Most impressive, however, is his speed. During the 200-meter dash in the Class 4A Texas track and field championships this spring, Sharp won with a time of 21.19 seconds. Having the fastest kid in Texas handling the ball can’t be a bad thing for K-State.
He has all the tools to play the quarterback role much like 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein did so well for the last few years. He’s tall enough to see over his linemen with a strong arm and unorthodox delivery with the athleticism and toughness to make plays with his legs. If he can blossom into a true dual-threat quarterback at the college level, he might give K-State fans flashbacks to the Klein days under center.
And if he can approach that level, he will go down in the history books as another great quarterback for the program. So the question left to answer is whether or not he can make that transition and learn to use those athletic talents of his to their fullest potential.