Florida Gators land OT David Sharpe

April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators players high five fans after the spring practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators struggled mightily on the offensive line this season. A big reason for those struggles obviously had a lot to do with terrible injury luck Will Muschamp’s squad had this season, but talent certainly had something to do with the problem as well.

The Gators took a big step towards righting the ship on Thursday when they landed highly touted offensive tackle David Sharpe.

“Just the relationship I built with them,” Sharpe told Derek Tyson of ESPN’s Recruiting Nation. “Coach Muschamp really needed help and I really want to help turn the program around. I think we have a special class coming in.”

Sharpe is considered a raw prospect, but is very talented and has fantastic size at 6’6 and 290 lbs.

“[I'm] just a hard worker who’s willing to do whatever I can do to help the team,” Sharpe said. “I just don’t want to redshirt. I know coming in as a freshman I have to learn and get in to the program so I’m really not worried about it. They have great guys that are already there. They are going to get me better and whatever coach thinks is best at that left tackle position is best. I’m just going to work hard and do my thing.”

Despite firing two offensive coaches after a 4-8 season, the Gators are well on their way to having another elite recruiting class.

Topics: David Sharpe, Florida Gators, Recruiting, Will Muschamp

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