Eagle Ath To Visit Boise State For Junior Day

Sawyer Shields is a straight-forward guy. On the field, he never met an opposing player he didn't like to hit and it's gotten the attention of numerous Division I schools. Off the field, the Eagle High School, (Eagle Idaho) junior linebacker/defensive end is hopeful his first offer comes this weekend when he visits Boise State for Junior Day.

Sawyer Shields (Eagle HS, Eagle ID) is already well known in recruiting circles in the Northwest, but now he's starting to gain the attention of programs even farther away as he goes the recruiting right of passage.

"Well, it's a stressful process, but it's been real fun so far," said the 6'3" 225-pound hitman, speaking of his recruiting experience so far.

"It's stressful because you're waiting for that first offer, but it's a fun process. It's good to have so many big-time schools interested."

In addition to the Broncos, Shields is drawing interest from Washington, Washington State, Stanford, Utah, Utah State, Nebraska and Arkansas.

This summer he'll be attending the Boise State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, and Idaho camps for a day each and staying for the duration of the Arkansas camp. Despite being born in Russellville, Arkansas, Shields would prefer to stay local.

"I'd like to stay in this area," said Shields, who has an older brother (29) and younger sister (14). "I'd like to have my parents be able to see me play."

A football lover from his earliest days, he credits his father Mickey for always being there to support and encourage him from the backyard imaginations of a child to the current recruiting process. His father will be with him on his visit, along with some Eagle teammates.

Shields' physical style is what has propelled him this far. During his junior campaign, he helped lead the Mustangs to a 7-3 record and playoff appearance with 63 tackles (12 for loss), four sacks and two forced fumbles.

"I'll come and hit ya," he said. "I don't care how big you are or fast you are. I'll come and hit you as hard as I can. Usually that works out pretty well."

The same attitude is what has Boise coaches interested in a possible position change for Shields, who runs a 4.77 40-yard dash and is being primarily recruited by tight end/h-back coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

"They've mentioned me playing fullback ," he said. "Coach Drinkwitz said they won't have anyone in that position and I could potentially start as a freshman."

Regardless of where he plays, and no matter where he goes, Shields just wants the opportunity to play at the next level. It all starts with an offer.

"I really don't care where they play me," he said. "I'll play anything in college. I just want the chance."

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