Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe officially accepted his invite to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Monday afternoon.
Sharpe wants to prove he is elite at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“It is a great honor,” Sharpe said.
The 6-foot-6, 288-pound offensive lineman is familiar with the annual event that originates from San Antonio, Texas in early January.
“I’ve watched it in recent years,” Sharpe said. “The game looks fun. The players look happy. There are a lot of fans there. All of the players are able to showcase their talent. You also have the players committing to their schools on television.”
Sharpe views the game as an opportunity to compare his talent against some of the nation’s elite players.
“It is a great game,” Sharpe said. “It is great to compete against all of the best players. I want to show the best of my ability against great players.”
247Sports.com considers Sharpe the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation, No. 8 overall prospect, and top prospect from the Sunshine State. He wants to prove during practices and the game at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that those accolades are deserved.
“I just want to show that I am one of the best,” Sharpe said. “I want to show that I deserve to be at that level and that I deserve everything that I have been getting recently with regards to my recruitment.”
As for joining the commitment parade at the game, Sharpe says that is something he may consider.
“I am not sure,” Sharpe said. “It may be a possibility.”
Sharpe’s offer list has quickly grown. He now has more than a dozen offers including the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Ohio State. He has recently taken unofficial visits to Florida and Florida State, but claims no leaders.
As for upcoming visits, Sharpe said he is unlikely to make Florida’s spring game this weekend due to summer basketball travel squad practice. He is going to try to make it to Gainesville, but said it is unlikely as of now.
He doesn’t have any specific visit plans coming up due to his summer basketball schedule.