Shields Talks Recruiting, Boise State Visit

Life these days for 2015 Boise State interest Sawyer Shields consists more of focusing on the things which he can control more so than worrying about those that he can’t. Ending another visit to the Broncos without an official offer can be a frustrating thing, but for the Eagle linebacker/defensive end, it’s all a practice in patience.

“I’m just kind of waiting it out,” said Sawyer Shields, a 6’3”, 225-pounder fresh of his visit during Boise’s home opener last weekend. “I have interest from other schools so we’ll see which one works itself out.” The same schools who had interest in Shields previously still like him. Washington, Washington State, Arkansas, Utah, Utah State, Stanford and Oregon State are all interested. However, Shields remains waiting for that offer, hoping at least one comes from his hometown team.

“I’d still like to have my parents see me play and doing that at Boise would be pretty nice,” he said. “I guess we’ll see.”

Despite the uncertainty, Shields thoroughly enjoyed his trip to the BSU campus. In addition to watching the win, he spent most of his time with Director of Player Personnel Taylor Tharp.

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“It was great,” he said. “They seemed pretty interested in me. Coach Tharp had plenty of contact with me. He gave me his contact information and told me to let him know if I ever had any questions or needed anything. We went over to meet Coach Harsin, so I guess that’s a good sign. That’s what I heard, anyway.”

As Shields waits patiently, he turns his attention to his senior season, where his Mustangs have opened the campaign with two home wins. Currently ranked No. 2 in the state, Eagle is poised for a memorable season.

One thing that would make it even better for him would be a Boise offer, but Shields leans on the fact that with months until he makes a decision. Even if another school offers, he’s planning to wait until the Broncos either have something to say or don’t.

“I think I’d still just wait it out,” he said. “I don’t have to make a decision till February, so I would probably give them a chance to offer.”

Having already visited his first choice, Shields plans on visiting Washington, Oregon State and taking another trip to Washington State.


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