Patrick Sharp – Wheaton North HS (Wheaton, IL)

Patrick Sharp, a running back from Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL, has given a verbal commitment to the UND football program.

At 5’10”-180, he was an all-conference performer for the Falcons, who went 10-2 on the season and lost in the Illinois Class 7A quarterfinals 3-0 to eventual champion Glenbard West.  Wheaton North is coached by Joe Wardynski.

Sharp rushed for 715 yards and punched in 12 TD’s during the 2012 campaign.  After watching the film, he appears to be a compact, power type of running back with pretty good speed.  As we researched it further we found that Sharp runs a leg on the Falcons 4×100 relay team, which tells us he can move better than we thought he could after watching tape.  He also consistently ran around the 11.00 range in the 100 meters, topping out at 10.91.  We will be interested to see how he does this spring during track season.

After his junior season and into the beginning of his senior season, many MAC schools started to show interest in Sharp, although an offer was never made.  Illinois recruiting guru Edgy Tim has him as a top 15 RB in the state of Illinois on his list for 2013.

He could end up adding a power-back dimension to the UND offense once he gets through his red-shirt season and puts on some more weight in Coach Nate Baukol’s strength training program and cause real problems for opposing defenses at 200-205 pounds with his speed.

Sharp is the 2nd running back in the 2013 class to commit, joining Rashadeem Gray from Whitefish Bay, WI.





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6 Responses

  1. Geaux_sioux

    I really like how relentless this kid is when he runs. He’s also got a very nice pair of feet and has great balance. Get him in the weight room for a couple of years and maybe he can develop into the back we’ve been wanting.

  2. FightSioux

    I am still in disbelief of the focus of recruiting this year. I understand the running back but another receiver? They are going to have 13 or 14 receivers in fall camp? Hell, maybe there are a few more 5′ 8″ kids to sign before its over. I don’t care what anyone on this board says…….the defense was horrible and they have nothing coming up that will change that in 2013. We are undersized up front, have a group of LB’s who aren’t very fast, and DB’s who can’t cover. They signed 3 defensive lineman in 2011. Factor in that this is one of the worst tackling teams in the country and I don’t see any potential for improvement next season. In addition, my personal feeling is that this defensive coaching staff is clueless in both approach and preparation. I know there are Mussmann lovers on this comment board, but he has nothing more than a good ole boys club working under him. He lacks leadership, motivation, and the guts to make changes to his staff.

    1. Geaux_sioux

      Sounds like you’re on the coaching staff with some good inside info. Care to share anyone insight on the inner workings of the coaching staff? So was it miss mussman who decided that all those players should get injured last year? That would be some unorthodox coaching. I don’t think they’re even interested in CBS this year in recruiting. I’ve heard they’re going to do without the position to run a 5-6 scheme.

      You questioning why we have two wrs in this class is like a bizun fan wondering why they’re recruiting running backs and defensive players since they have plenty of them. It’s called reloading and it’s what great programs do to avoid a glaring weakness.

  3. Dave

    not Mussman lovers. Just not childish know-it-alls without having most of the facts. The recruiting isn’t over. But, explain to me how you know “the focus of recruiting this year.” Some awful sweeping statement about the staff without any basis in fact. “Clueless in both approach and preparation” ??? wow. You don’t think all out efforts go on every year in the recruiting process to improve the quality of players? It’s not as simple as picking great high school players who then magically come. I for one think last year’s team did as expected for year 1 in the BSC. Coaches can’t tackle or cover for the players….that’s execution on the field. The talent and product is going to improve every year, but you don’t do UND any good by name calling.

  4. SiouxFan

    Calm down FightSioux. You have to recruit every position each year. You can’t just think we have good WR coming back so we don’t need to recruit anymore for 2 years. Hardin, McGill, & Townsend all graduate after this year, so yes we need a couple WR.

    Also, 95% of this class will redshirt. Last year’s recruiting class and 2011s will be the ones that need to fill holes. There are 5 DL 7 LB and 9 DBs that are either Redshirt Fr. or true Fr. Those are the kids that need to step up, not these kids. If you are expecting True Freshman to come in and be starters that is expecting alot, ecspecially DL and LB. A DB or 2 could possibly play as a true, but we’ll see once these kids get on campus.

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