David Sharpe to Florida: Gators Land 4-Star OT Prospect

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 12, 2013

Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Photo Credit: 247 Sports

With the blocking skills of David Sharpe committing to Florida, the Gators offensive line will be in good, and large, hands. 

ESPN's Derek Tyson brings us the news:

Although fans were left guessing as to which school the coveted lineman would select, we did know when his decision would be made public: 

The 6'7", 315-pound offensive tackle is ranked as a 4-star recruit and the eighth-best offensive tackle in the class by 247Sports' composite rankings.

The Jacksonville, Fla. product already has the size to handle tackle on the college level, and he has room to comfortably add more bulk onto his frame. 

Sharpe also has a strong basketball background, and he displays the feet and the balance that go with it. 

With his height, he has a tendency to get a little too high at the snap and loses leverage. However, he has also shown a knack for getting good bend at the knees. He just needs to be more disciplined in this. 

With his height comes the long arms that are pivotal to success at tackle. Combine those arms with his nimble feet, and this youngster can be an elite, pass-blocking left tackle. 

He will need some good coaching to reach that level as he is raw in his technique, but he has solid hand quickness and all the tools needed to be a success in this area.   

He already shows the ability to be an elite run blocker. He has good strength, and he will finish off blocks and overpower defenders. He is solid on the move and in space, but he can get a little overaggressive and whiff on blocks. 

Sharpe's ceiling is through the roof. If he fills out and develops, he has the potential to be a first-round selection in the NFL. Even as it is now, he is ready to step onto the stage of major college football and compete.