Sharpe meets Billy Donovan


In-state offensive tackle David Sharpe visited Florida on Wednesday for the fourth time since mid-March.

The purpose of his trip was to meet with UF’s head coach, but not the one in the football offices.

“I talked to Billy Donovan for the first time,” he said.

Sharpe wants to play both football and basketball in college. (Photo by The Florida Times-Union)

The 6-foot-6, 288-pounder is a two-sport athlete at Jacksonville Providence and wants to continue his basketball career in college. Finding a school that will allow him to do so is one of the determining factors in his recruitment.

Sharpe’s meeting with Donovan was crucial for the Gators.

“He’s a nice guy and a great coach,” Sharpe said. “We talked about me playing basketball and how I could help out his team. He likes my inside ability to score and how well I play with my back to the basket.

“He said there’s no problem with me playing two sports and he and Will Muschamp will work together to accomplish that. So that was nice to hear.”

Sharpe said Florida’s success in both sports is appealing to him.

“It helps a lot. I like the school because it’s somewhere I have a great opportunity to play both sports. It will just push me to the limit and help make me a better athlete,” he said.

Sharpe, who is rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports and ranked No. 12 overall in the ESPN150, also met with Muschamp and his staff while in Gainesville.

“We just talked about the future and how I can fit in at Florida well,” he said. “They told me they’re losing tackles and I have a chance to come in and compete for playing time. They’re just excited about me and want me to be a Gator.”

Sharpe claims no leaders and plans to make a decision during his senior season.

He will visit Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina this summer and possibly take a trip to Ohio State in the fall. The only schools guaranteed to receive an official visit from him are Florida and Georgia.


  1. Sorry, can’t have two masters when it comes to these two sports. Being in football shape and being in basketball shape are two completely different things. I think BD is doing this as a fav for Muschamp.

    The coaches know this. They all also know you can’t steal the crown off the head of a recruit during the recruiting process. I’m sure BD told this kid everything he wanted to hear.

  2. I don’t see an OT playing basketball and football.. like Delray said.. you have to gain weight to play his position in football and lose weight to play his position in basketball at the college level..

  3. There’s been plenty of Bball and football dual atheletes. And neither Muschamp nor Billy D are people that will tell a kid what they want to hear. They tell the truth, lay what they got on the line, and if the kid signs good. If not, then we’ll beat him anyway. That’s their philosophy and it’s a dang good one

  4. Vulcan Alex is right, he COULD play both, but not a high level. Even Charlie Ward couldn’t pull that off (the Nole to which you are referring). Football was his primo sport in college. Only when he dedicated himself full time to basketball (after college) did he actualize on the court.

  5. Yes I know, I was just stating that he played with those measurables. I’m sure he will be in better shape at 310 than he is now. I’m sure his role will never be playing 30 mins of bkb, even 25. I think he will be a productive 4th big, like adrian moss on title team (off bench behind Richard)

    This really put muschamp in a tough spot, mostly Donovan- bc Uga can easily justify the bkb “offer”. Much more difficult for Donovan to “truly offer” with the caliber of athletes he brings in.

  6. u don’t know Billy and Will if u think he was promised anything more than a chance to compete…which is why they lose kids who want to be told they will start from day 1… Neither coach operates that way, which is good for the program, and good for the kid…

  7. A current example of a bb/fb athlete is Bruce Ellington of usce. Though he’s not a big man. Cornelius Ingram did both when he first started at UF until he dropped bb.
    Granted it would be somewhat unique but I say why not give it a try?