JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s not often that a player is lucky enough to be coached and learn from one of the best while at the high school level, but that is exactly the scenario at the Providence School for five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe.
Five-star tackle David Sharpe is being coached by five time Pro Bowl tackle Tony Boselli on a daily basis.
The 6-foot-6, 288-pound Sharpe, an Army All-American and the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Florida according to 247Sports, takes the field everyday knowing he is going to be developed by a coach that played in five straight Pro Bowls, was a three time All-Pro selection and is a member of the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team- former Jacksonville Jaguars and USC great Tony Boselli.
For Boselli, coaching at Providence School provides the opportunity to coach his sons Andrew (class of 2016) and Adam (class of 2017), as well as one of the best nationally in the 2014 class in Sharpe.
“He’s so dang talented,” Boselli said of Sharpe following Thursday’s practice. “After the first day I saw him (last year), I walked up to him and told him he could be as good as he wants to be. Now he’s raw, he’s got to get better and improve every year, but he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a natural athlete,”
It’s Sharpe’s natural athleticism that shines on the football field and basketball court at Providence and has allowed him to emerge as one of the nation’s elite prospects.
“He has tremendous footwork and he does things very natural,” Boselli said. “The first day we taught him to pass block, he had no problem kick setting, moving his feet and staying balanced. Then he also has extremely long arms. He’s a natural left tackle. He’s got so much God given ability. If he’ll work hard, and really focus, he could be really dang good. The problem is, like most kids his age; he doesn’t know how good he can be. He doesn’t know yet how hard he’s going to have to work, but he’s come a long way.”
Sharpe has taken to Boselli’s coaching so far this spring.
“We’ve had two spring practices, and his attitude has been good. I’ve been coaching him hard, and David has responded really well. You know, it’s not any one thing we are working on. It’s just really giving him an understanding of how to reach block – what that really means, and concepts that he can visualize what we’re trying to do, and then apply the technique we’re teaching him. He picks it up pretty quick, but he’s really only played one year and now this year coming up. The understanding of how to play on the offensive line takes some time, so I want him to really understand concepts, what we are trying to do, and apply it to the natural ability he has.”
Sharpe is glad to have the coach he does.
“He’s a great guy,” Sharpe said. “He’s been through it all. He’s teaching me everything he knows having played the position. He’s one of the greatest at his position, it’s great learning from him, and it’s a big step in me becoming the best offensive lineman I can be.”
Boselli drove home detailed points to Sharpe on several post-play occasions Thursday, and the eighth-ranked overall prospect in the 2014 class responded with an understanding that hard coaching is part of the process in becoming a better player.
“He’s trying to help me get better and be the best lineman I can be,” Sharpe said. “It’s easier taking it from him because I know it’s great information from a person that was great at the position. He wants to help me get better everyday.”
Sharpe remains open in his recruitment, with Florida and Florida State both having made an impact during the early stages. This summer, Sharpe plans to make unofficial visits to Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina for sure, as well as play AAU basketball for the Atlanta Celtics.