Salina (Kan.) Central running back Jake Sharp is one of the Sunflower State's top players in the Class of 2006. The speedy tailback ran for 2,330 yards as a junior and was the only non-senior to be named to all-state squads following the 2004 campaign.
"Jake got his first offer on Monday," Jackie Sharp, Jake's mother said. "It came from the Kansas Jayhawks. Coach (Mark) Mangino and Coach (Clint) Bowen were in the school last week. Coach Bowen called to offer him the scholarship on Monday."
Sharp, a 5-foot-10, 173-pounder, is one of the state of Kansas' top sprinters having clocked a 10.5-second time in the 100-meter dash earlier this spring, currently the second best in the state this year for all classes.
Central coach Marvin Diener believes whoever lands Sharp will be getting a quality person both on and off the field.
"Jake is just a great kid," Diener said. "He's one that every coach likes to have be part of your program. He's always giving 100 percent on the field in practice and during games. On the field, he is a real head turner. You don't watch a game and not notice him. He just does everything you ask of him."
Nebraska, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Alabama and Kansas State are other schools recruiting Sharp.