Shaw Commits to ASU During Official Trip

Following his de-commitment to the University of Miami, quarterback Derek Shaw had one school in particular that he wished to visit and ultimately commit to. On Sunday morning, that sentiment came to fruition, as the Oceanside, Calif. signal caller gave his verbal pledge to the ASU coaches. In his first interview following his commitment to the Sun Devils, Shaw talked to DevilsDigest about his trip to Tempe and his decision.

"I made my commitment today (Sunday) in the coach's office," said the 6-3 210 Derek Shaw. "They were pretty excited. I really look forward to coming here."

Shaw's host player was Chris MacDonald, and newest Sun Devil commit sounded like someone who truly enjoyed his short stay in the Valley of the Sun. "On Friday I took a tour of the athletic facilities," he commented. "After dinner I hooked up with Chris. He was a real cool guy. He took me to his house, and he talked about the school, the football team, and how everyone is so close. He took me out and we had fun meeting all the players. The next day I talked to the academic advisor, and took a tour of campus and it was very nice."

The four-star prospect had unofficially visited ASU in the past. Ironically that visit took place following junior day at archrival Arizona. "I decided to drive up there after I went to Arizona," he recalled. "We just missed the coaches. We didn't expect it to be that long of a drive (smile). We just walked around and looked at the campus." When asked what aspect of his just ended visit surprised him compared to his previous visit, he replied: "It did surprise me how nice and friendly every was, and how close the team is. The facilities are real nice. They actually had my #7 jersey hanging up there, and let me wear it all day when I was touring the facilities. That was cool (smile)."

Overall, Shaw is content with his resolution and isn't worry about other schools trying to lure him away from the Sun Devils. "It's an awesome feeling," he exclaimed. "I really feel that I made the right decision. It's a big load off my back, and it's really exciting…I'm gonna shut off my phone. I got a lot of other stuff to do (smile)."

Shaw is taking the SAT this month, but is confident that he will qualify academically.

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