Defensive Back Sees Whole Package At Baylor

With Art Briles at the helm, Baylor is in a position to promise new recruits the chance to play for a competitive Big XII team. Still, it is some of the other hallmarks of the University that are appealing to this standout from Spring Klein Collins High School.

When 6'1" 200 lb Sam Shaw looks at his future, there is no shortage of athletic possibilities. Programs such as Baylor, Iowa State, Louisville, Stanford, Houston, and Syracuse are all in the hunt. But Shaw is looking for more than an athletic program in his college choice.

"I want to have a school that's in a strong division. But that also has a strong education to set me up for my future."

That's good news for a university that prides itself on superior education as well as athletics such as Baylor where Shaw recently visited.

"I thought it was a great school. Not only are they an upcoming school in football with their new staff. They're a good school for academics, their 36th in the nation for business majors. It has a Christian atmosphere and that's a big factor. It was just a good place to be."

As with other recruits, Shaw was also impressed by the Baylor coaching staff.

"I liked the coaches a lot. They're new to the staff and just trying to mix it up. I liked the defensive backs coach and Art Briles is a good guy."

Shaw says that for now, he is keeping an open mind about where he may end up in the fall of 2010.

"Its not only going to be an impact on me athletically but it would be a big step for me academically if athletics didn't end up being my ultimate passion I would have something I could depend on."

Baylor figures to be a player in Shaw's recruitment until the end, so stay with BearsIllustrated.com for his updates and more on Baylor athletics and recruiting.

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