Davis Sharpe’s performance at Clemson head coach Monte Lee’s baseball camp in early December paid off, helping pave his way to Clemson.
Shortly after the two-day camp ended on Dec. 6, Clemson extended an offer to the Dacula (Ga.) Mill Creek standout, who committed to the Tigers a month later on New Year’s Day.
“Coach (Bradley) LeCroy, the first time he saw me was in the fall (of 2015), and then he got my number and we started talking,” Sharpe said in an interview with The Clemson Insider. “Then when I went to the camp, I guess it was really when they got interested because right after then they invited me back to the campus, and I got my offer right after the camp.
“They didn’t say anything specific about what they like, but I think it was the camp that really sparked it.”
Sharpe was recruited primarily as a pitcher, but he also plays the infield, and his performance at the plate during the camp opened the door a little more for him as far as what his future role could be.
“At first, they thought I was a pitcher only, but then I went to the camp and I hit well,” Sharpe said. “So when I come in, the staff wants to see me contribute pitching, and then hitting-wise, they’re going to see how I do in the fall when I get there and play it from there.”
Though Sharpe has grown up in Georgia, Clemson is a second home to him. His family owns a house by Lake Hartwell, and Sharpe’s familiarity with the area was something he weighed heavily when selecting Clemson as his college destination, as well as his comfort level with the coaching staff.
“When I got on campus for my visit, all the coaches really acted like they wanted me, and they really showed me their gratitude,” Sharpe said. “The way they went about their business, showing me around and talking to me, just made me fall in love with the coaches.”
As a sophomore in 2016, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder posted an ERA around 2.00 while hitting close to .300 with three home runs and 25 RBI.
Sharpe, a top-100 recruit in the 2018 class according to Perfect Game, will play for the East Cobb Baseball program this summer.
“Personally, I thought I had a good season hitting and in the field,” Sharpe said. “My command wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but I’ve been working on some stuff in the bullpen these past couple weeks, and I’m ready for the summer now.”
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