Name: Aaron Sharp
School and hometown: Summer Creek High School in Humble, Texas
Position: Dual-threat quarterback
Height and weight: 6'3 and 190 pounds
Ratings: A consensus three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Sharp is the no. 22 dual-threat quarterback nationally and the no. 76 player in the state of Texas, though 247Sports has him as the state's no. 55 prospect.
Offers: Sharp holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Toledo, Utah, UTEP, and Wake Forest.
Now the reigning 4A 400m champ in the state of Texas, along with two other 2013 victories in relay events, Sharp's recruitment began to take off after his medal-winning performances in early May -- it's hard to overlook that type of speed in a state that produces many of the fastest track athletes the nation has to offer.
Partly as a result, more teams are looking at Sharp as an athlete take because of his explosiveness. However, Sharp wants to stay at quarterback, as evidenced by the fact he worked out there at an early June Texas camp, despite the possibility of receiving an offer had he shown off his skills at wide receiver.
And though film evaluations of quarterbacks can sometimes be difficult in terms of assessing overall accuracy, decision-making, and general polish, though he did complete 65% of his passes as a junior, with a 38-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio, all impressive results.
And the 11.7 yards per attempt? Combined with his film, it suggests that his completion percentage wasn't elevated by a lot of short passes. Consider as well that only one quarterback in all of college football averaged more than 10 yards per attempt last season -- Georgia's Aaron Murray at 10.1. Not a fair comparison in many ways, but it does illustrate just how explosive Summer Creek was in the passing game because of Sharp.
In terms of general mechanics, there aren't any noticeable deficiencies in Sharp's game, though his arm strength does often appear to be slightly above average rather than a major asset and he can be a bit deliberate at times. What is an asset is his touch, which allows him to stretch the field in the intermediate passing game that requires dropping the ball over and between defenders. Aside from his athleticism, the ability to make those throws may be his greatest strength.
The ball often comes out quickly from Sharp, too, suggesting that while he may not have a lot of experience going through his progressions, he has enough ability to read defenses before the snap to know the receiver he wants to hit.
Overall, Sharp's touch and accuracy are enough to make him a legitimate college quarterback prospect, even if his arm talent doesn't rank among the elite prospects in the country. Throw in his ability to glide past defenders in the open field with elite 400m speed and it's easy to see why Sharp's stock has increased in the last month, but much harder to understand why it took so long.
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