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Big-time Gators target Sharpe to announce Thursday morning

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It’s time … for the third time.

David Sharpe, once a top 10 national prospect who has dropped some in the rankings but is still a four-star recruit, will make his college decision known Thursday morning just before 11 a.m. The huge offensive lineman will make his decision public at a restaurant in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. This is at least the third time he has tried to make his announcement, but previous plans went awry.

This is a pivotal decision for Florida, as the Gators need top offensive linemen and they need to make an impression that they can still compete, recruiting wise.

The dual-sport star told numerous media outlets that he enjoyed his official visit to Florida a few weeks ago. If he picks the Gators, he’ll be the second offensive prospect to choose Florida firings of two offensive coaches. He has indicated before that he’ll have several hats on the table in front of him. Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State are expected to be some of the others, but the Bulldogs have cooled on him since early in the fall, while Tennessee seems to have become more interesting to Sharpe since he took an official visit to Knoxville. But Florida still seems like the team to beat.

Sharpe dropped in many services’ rankings over the course of the regular season, from a five-star to a four-star. But at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds with athleticism, he has a huge upside. He is rated No. 87 overall, nationally, and the No. 8 offensive tackle.

Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the composite ranking.

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