It did not take long for Humble (Texas) Summer Creek quarterback Aaron Sharp to make his mark on the football field.
As a tall, lanky freshman he put in work on the varsity level throwing for over 1,000 yards. In 2011 he claimed district MVP honors after throwing for over 2500 yards and 23 touchdowns. Then in 2012 he upped the ante again finishing just shy of 3,000 yards passing and 38 touchdowns while claiming his second district MVP.
College offers have already come his way. UTEP offered the summer before his junior season, and the other two came in the last few weeks.
"I picked up two offers. One from Houston and one from Utah," Sharp said. "I kind of saw UofH. I kind of thought they were going to offer me. They've sent me a lot of handwritten mail seeing if I was going to be able to make it up to their junior day, so I went up there and the coaches talked to me. It was real good. Now Utah I didn't expect them to. One day I was talking to them and the next day they messaged me on Facebook saying they had great news for me and told me to give them a call that night. I called and talked to the QB coach and they said I was at the top of their list and that they really want me. UofH I kind of knew was a possible offer for me if I went to junior day. I didn't really expect Utah too."
Sharp left the Houston junior day impressed with both the academic and athletic sides of the program, and he hopes to get out to Utah in the near future.
"We are supposed to be going to visit Utah for sure and we may go see Boise State for junior day," Sharp said.
The standout quarterback is also receiving heavy interest from Washington, Wake Forest, Colorado, and UTSA, and North Carolina has expressed an interest in stopping by to check him out in the spring.
He has not narrowed his college choices yet, but does know what he is looking for in a future program.
"I'm just looking for a school that has a good football program and a good academic program," Sharp said. "I want to make sure they're a good fit for me as far as having the major (business) I'm looking for and an offense I fit well in."
Another factor that could fit into the mix is track. Sharp was a key part of 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams at Summer Creek as a sophomore, and this year has expanded his role to individual events. College coaches have taken notice.
"We try to take the kids to high school and collegiate meets where collegiates are running also," Summer Creek head track and field coach Shelton Ervin said. "College coaches are shocked that he is a football stud and he's running track and doing that exceptional. Especially running the 400 as fast as he's running. He's a 47 splitter on our 400."
The thought of running college track is a new one for Sharp, but it did not take Summer Creek coaches long to figure out he had college level potential.
"His freshman year he ran one meet on the sub-varsity and ran it pretty fast and beat his competition by a pretty good distance and we realized we can't keep this kid down on the sub-varsity level," Coach Ervin said. "He's going to be special running-wise."
Houston and Texas State have both shown interest on the track. It is safe to say football remains the top priority, but track has certainly become more of a factor.
"At first I wasn't, but after this year if there's a college that I'm interested in playing football for and the track coach wants me to come out and run I'll consider it," Sharp said. "At first I was just thinking about playing football in college."
Dual-sport or not, Sharp is excited about the opportunities ahead.