- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Utah has landed its quarterback for 2014 in three-star prospect Aaron Sharp (Houston/Summer Creek).
The 6-foot-3, 188-pound quarterback chose the Utes over Kansas State and also held offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Mississippi State, Toledo and UTEP. He becomes commit No. 7 for Utah's 2014 class.
"I just felt like they were really great for me," Sharp said. "I've got a real good relationship with all their coaches, and I went up there and visited and really liked the campus. I really think they have big things planned for me."
Sharp said Utah was really the first major school to offer him a scholarship, and he hasn't forgotten that. He also developed a good bond with Utah offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and is confident the former Utes star quarterback will bring out the best in him.
"They were telling me they're trying to get back to the spread and I definitely fit their offense," Sharp said. "I think they'll run me a little more than I do in high school, which I'm totally prepared for."
As a junior, the left-hander passed for 2,954 yards and 38 touchdowns. Sharp rushed for only 180 yards and three scores in 2012 but brings elite speed to the position, as evidenced by the 200-meter dash time of 21.19 seconds he ran to win 4A gold at the state track meet.
Several schools expressed interest in the state of Texas' No. 6 ranked pocket passer as an athlete. While Sharp entertained the possibility of playing receiver at the college level, throughout this process he's sought a school that believed in his passing talents.
"That was a big thing, what they were going to do with me if I went to their school," Sharp said. "That's why they were my top school."
Sharp visited Utah this spring and took his unofficial visit to Kansas State earlier this month. He also camped at Mississippi State before reaching this decision.
"I've talked to those two in the past couple weeks," Sharp said. "We've been talking about what they like about Utah. Ultimately I just thought Utah was the best fit for me."
The decision was a difficult one in the end. Sharp admitted he was still going back and forth between Utah and Kansas State throughout the day, but now that it's official there's no looking back. He plans to shut down his recruiting process and stick with the Utes.
"It was a mind-blowing process and it got real nervewracking at the end," Sharp said. "It was a hard decision. But this whole experience has been a blast, and this was one of the best things that's happened to me so far in my life."
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