On the eve of the LSU tigers taking on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford on Saturday night there are some developments on the recruiting trail involving highly coveted five-star recruit, David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla. Providence) who will take an official visit to LSU.
“I really want to go check out LSU,” Sharpe tells 247Sports’ Kipp Adams. … “I have grown really close to the offensive line coach at LSU (Greg Studrawa).”
The news comes almost a month after the Tigers offered the 6-6, 290-pound left tackle who also doubles as a power forward for the basketball team. He is being pursued to play both sports in college, but his biggest factor in his recruitment is early playing time along the offensive line.
LSU is viewed as the fourth or fifth option behind the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gators, so the Tigers have serious ground to make up when he schedules his official visit. Clemson was believed to be in his group of favorites, but Sharpe tells Adams they aren’t on the “same page” anymore.
LSU left tackle, La’el Collins is a junior who could opt for the NFL draft, but I don’t think that’s a strong likelihood in his first season there after starting at guard earlier in his career. His backup, Josh Boutte is a freshman and starting right tackle, Jerald Hawkins is a talented redshirt freshman, so the depth chart doesn’t look great for early playing time even if Collins opts for the draft.
Sharpe’s decision will be made well before Collins makes a decision regarding his NFL future, so it may be difficult for LSU to work their way into the top group for Sharpe who admitted being irked by LSU only offering after they lost on Cameron Robinson.
“A lot of schools have been recruiting me from day one, but they waited to come after me until after they lost out on their No. 1 guy, so I did not really like that at the time,” Sharpe tells Adams.
No one wants to feel like a backup plan, but his relationship with Coach Studwara will be the inside track needed to sell Sharpe on the Tigers and the LSU program. Right now, LSU is on the outside looking in, but anything can happen when you get a recruit on campus.
If Sharpe were to visit for the Texas A&M game and LSU puts on a show, perhaps that would bode well for LSU in their recruitment of Sharpe.
Sharpe will also take official visits to Tennessee and Georgia Tech in addition to the Bulldogs and Seminoles.