In-state offensive tackle David Sharpe visited Florida on Wednesday for the fourth time since mid-March.
The purpose of his trip was to meet with UF’s head coach, but not the one in the football offices.
“I talked to Billy Donovan for the first time,” he said.
The 6-foot-6, 288-pounder is a two-sport athlete at Jacksonville Providence and wants to continue his basketball career in college. Finding a school that will allow him to do so is one of the determining factors in his recruitment.
Sharpe’s meeting with Donovan was crucial for the Gators.
“He’s a nice guy and a great coach,” Sharpe said. “We talked about me playing basketball and how I could help out his team. He likes my inside ability to score and how well I play with my back to the basket.
“He said there’s no problem with me playing two sports and he and Will Muschamp will work together to accomplish that. So that was nice to hear.”
Sharpe said Florida’s success in both sports is appealing to him.
“It helps a lot. I like the school because it’s somewhere I have a great opportunity to play both sports. It will just push me to the limit and help make me a better athlete,” he said.
Sharpe, who is rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports and ranked No. 12 overall in the ESPN150, also met with Muschamp and his staff while in Gainesville.
“We just talked about the future and how I can fit in at Florida well,” he said. “They told me they’re losing tackles and I have a chance to come in and compete for playing time. They’re just excited about me and want me to be a Gator.”
Sharpe claims no leaders and plans to make a decision during his senior season.
He will visit Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina this summer and possibly take a trip to Ohio State in the fall. The only schools guaranteed to receive an official visit from him are Florida and Georgia.