With most college football teams running some sort of spread offensive scheme for at least most of the time they have the ball, having linemen who can block in space and chase down smaller players such as speedy linebackers or defensive backs is more crucial than ever. David Sharpe is an offensive tackle who has all the move to chase these guys down to create space for speedy running backs and wide receivers after quick passes or option plays.
Sharpe attends Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida. The Providence Stallions finished just 6-5 this past season, including a first-round exit in the first round of the playoffs. There isn’t much talent around Sharpe to get the ball to, but the Stallions didn’t have much trouble putting up points most of the time due to Sharpe’s protection of the quarterback and his ability to pancake defenders on the run as well. They also have a big target to go to when the defense is keying in on the quick plays in tight end Kedar Bryant, who is getting a lot of looks from FCS schools. The Stallions are looking to build off of their star players and make a deeper playoff run despite being short on the talent side of things.
Many spread offense teams are after Sharpe’s services on the football field. He seems to be leaning towards home-state Florida, but has also not ruled out Florida State or defending champion Alabama. The Gators and Seminoles run most of their plays through the spread while Alabama uses more traditional sets, so it’s not hard to see why the home-state schools are appealing more to Sharpe.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see how he plays this season and to see which school he ends up going to.