Orlando Evans defensive end Traevon Sharp has committed to Marshall. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Orlando Evans defensive end Traevon Sharp has committed to Marshall. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Sharp picked the Thundering Herd over offers from Cincinnati and Louisville and contingency offers from the likes of Florida State, Miami and Auburn.
“It’s a good fit for me in their program … both athletically and academically,” Sharp said. “Marshall can get me in and I’ll be working on my qualifying, but I don’t want to take any chances. They can fit me in with where I’m at right now … I have about a 2.3 [GPA] and I still need four classes.
"I feel good and I can just stay focused on my senior year now."
Sharp, who has started at defensive end since his sophomore season for the Trojans, will be working toward his NCAA core requirements, and his ACT score was just shy of where he needs to be on the NCAA sliding scale, so Marshall offers a good fit while he makes sure his academics are in order.
Sharp, the No. 32 prospect in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, said that while he’s committed to Marshall, there remains the slight chance that improvement in the classroom could mean more concerted recruiting efforts from schools like Florida State, where former Evans teammate Ro’Derrick Hoskins is a freshman this season.
He still plans on taking a few official recruiting visits and his first trip will be to Marshall on Aug. 31 for the Herd’s opener against Miami (Ohio). He is being recruited by Marshall defensive ends coach Sean Cronin, who likes what he sees in Sharp at the next level.
“I think I can get on the field real fast,” Sharp said. “[Coach Cronin] said he likes that I’m fast and that I’m quick off the ball and he also likes that I’m a Florida boy. He says that a lot. I also think it will help me with him being my position coach at Marshall.”
In his first two years as a starter, Sharp has almost 100 tackles and 15 sacks. He has similar goals this season, which will be Evans first in Class 8A. The Trojans were Class 7A district champions the past two years, but they will have 8A state champion Apopka among the district foes this year.
“Yeah, we’re excited about playing Apopka. It just gives us a chance to show what we're really all about,” Sharp said. “Everybody thinks we’re only good because we play 7A. Now we get to show what we got ... so we are very excited about it, but we're still just going game by game, one game at a time.”
Evans starts things off this season with a kickoff classic jamboree at home against Sanford Seminole and Jacksonville Sandalwood. The regular season will start Aug. 30 at Orlando Edgewater.
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