By: David Franklin
I got the chance to speak with Ribault HS DT Chris Sharpe Jr. late last week. Before the interview I watched some film on Sharpe like I often do before talking with a player. Impressive is an understatement and isn’t even close to being a fair description. Although he told me he also sees time on the OL it’s not hard to see why his primary position and in my opinion his future resides on the defensive side of the ball.
So let’s say you’re a college coach or recruiting coordinator and you’re given the task of finding a DT for your program. What are some things you might be looking for? How about good size, quickness, the ability to fight off blocks including double teams plus the ability to get in the backfield and blow up plays just to name a few? If those qualities are on your list then I’d have no problem in pointing you in the direction of Chris Sharpe Jr. At 6’0″ and 280 pounds Sharpe already possesses the frame to be that gap filling, chaos causing DT at the next level along with the skill set to match. Keep in mind that as a class of 2020 recruit he’s also got another year to develop and grow. A versatile player on the field, he can alter his game to fit the opponent in front of him. Whether it’s strength and power or using his quickness and agility he’s able to do whatever is needed to adjust to the situation.
Chris attended the Adidas Three Stripe camp and has plans of hitting more camps over the summer. Once that happens I can’t see how his name doesn’t become a fixture on several recruiting radars. He doesn’t currently have a top list of schools he’d like to hear from but does list Miami, Florida, and FSU as a few names he’d like to have contact with. He’ll continue to participate in 7v7 as well as off season training to keep in shape and develop his game. There’s really no need to over think this one, it’s simply a matter of getting in front of the right people and once that happens his game will speak for itself. It’s not a question of if it’s going to happen but when and it’s going to be fun to watch.