Shaw Eyes Arkansas Again

Florida prep defensive end and Louisville commit Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 228) has re-opened his recruitment with former Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong going to Texas and Arkansas is certainly now back in the mix for both him and his linebacker teammate Sharieff Rhaheed (6-4, 220).

Because of the decision of one Arkansan to become a Texan, the Razorbacks are definitely back in the game for one of Florida's finest.

Fort Pierce, Fla., Central defensive end Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 228) – who took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville last summer along with his linebacker teammate Sharieff Rhaheed (6-4, 220) - said Monday night that he now plans to take an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 24-26.

Shaw was just named a Class 8A first-team All-State performer after 17 sacks and 27 tackles for lost yardage among his 95 tackles this season. He opens recruiting after Batesville native and former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong left the Cards to take over at Texas.

"It was a crazy weekend and I am very disappointed with what went down," Shaw said. "Coach Strong came to my home before Christmas and sat down with my family and said to not worry. He said would not be leaving for the NFL and certainly wouldn't leave for any other college job.

"It's let me know that I really have to look hard at a coach and not just trust someone because they say something," Shaw added. "That's why now I am really going to be looking at stable situations where I know coaches will be there."

Two of those situations for a young man that signed a financial aid agreement and had planned to enroll early at Louisville appear to be Georgia Tech and Arkansas.

"Right now I am planning on visiting Georgia Tech on the 17th and I think Arkansas on the 24th instead of Louisville," Shaw said. "I might also go to Purdue that following weekend. I am also interested to see who Louisville hires.

"If Louisville were to hire Coach Pat Narduzzi – the defensive coordinator from Michigan State that came to see me – that would certainly get me back interested more in Louisville," Shaw said. "It would also if they were to hire (Cards' current defensive coordinator) Coach (Van) Bedford.

"I haven't de-committed from Louisville, but I am wide open right now," Shaw continued. "That's for sure."

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his staff have continued to recruit Shaw and Rhaheed, who has made it clear that he wants to play for the same college program as his fellow 3-star prospect.

"I have a lot of love for Coach Bielema and his staff and they have stayed on us and made it clear how much we are wanted and needed," Shaw said. "It is a blessing that they stayed in there and kept recruiting us and I am looking forward to getting out there and visiting them again."

Several other schools have jumped in since it began to look like Strong would be leaving for Texas.

"Virginia, West Virginia, Duke, Purdue and UCF (Central Florida) are some others that have gotten in touch with me," Shaw said.

As an early enrollee, Shaw had planned to already be at Louisville on Jan. 3.

"But I won't be an early enrollee now and I will just end up going someplace in June," Shaw said. "Now I am trying to figure out where that is going to be."

Rhaheed has already taken official visits to Arkansas and Missouri and had plans to take a visit to Louisville on Jan. 17th.

Tennessee, Michigan State and North Carolina are also still in the mix for the linebacker.

"He's just trying to figure everything out like me," Shaw said. "It's been crazy."


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