Jacksonville Providence offensive tackle David Sharpe was in attendance for Florida’s 30-10 victory against Arkansas over the weekend.
It was his first trip to Gainesville in almost four months. Having visited several schools since that time, Sharpe wanted to make back to UF before it goes on a three-game road stretch.
“I needed to check out Florida again and compare it to other schools I’ve visited,” he said. “It was a great trip. I loved the atmosphere. It was my first game in The Swamp at night, so I was excited about it and like what I saw.”
Sharpe was impressed with the performance of Florida’s offense, particularly quarterback Tyler Murphy.
“The up-tempo offense surprised me,” he said. “I enjoyed that. That was new to me. They usually don’t go that fast. They passed more against Arkansas, and Murphy is a great quarterback. I love the passing game now. I think he’s a little better than Jeff Driskel was.”
Sharpe spoke with UF coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Tim Davis during his visit, and their message was clear to the 6-foot-6, 288-pounder.
“They really, really need me,” he said. “They just told me I have a big opportunity at Florida. Everyone is getting injured, and they’re having to move players around. Plus they have people leaving after this season.”
Sharpe plans to return to Gainesville when the Gators host Florida State, and he will also be at the Florida-Georgia game. UF and UGA are believed to be the favorites for Sharpe, but he is not naming leaders at this time.
“I’m still open with things right now,” he said. “After I take my officials, I’ll start narrowing it down. I’m going to make my commitment before signing day.”
Sharpe said reaching a decision will be difficult for him.
“It’s going to be very hard. All these coaches like you and want you to come to their school,” he said. “It’s just crazy knowing you’re going to let someone down. It’s a lot on me.”