But he wanted to make sure. This pledge would be his only one. So he slept on it for a couple of days, examining his thoughts each morning. But that sweet feeling of knowing where his next home will be remained strong.
"I decided to commit to Boise after I really felt (in my heart) like it was the best place to go," Shaw told BroncoCountry. "I could just feel that was the place to go."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Shaw checked out Boise State in late October, then got a personal visit from head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff on Oct. 30, who were in Las Vegas for their game at UNLV the next day.
It was, in fact, the Bronco coaching staff that helped Shaw feel at home. After moving from Georgia last summer, Shaw felt somewhat displaced. That changed when a whole different group of coaches and schools began recruiting him at his new school.
"Moving to the west coast has been great," he said. "I have been able get seen by more coaches over here."
And the Broncos stood out the most. With offers from a host of schools, including Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, North Carolina Tar, Cincinnati, Duke, Wake Forest and San Diego State and Nevada, among others, Shaw fell in love with the coaches and the family feel of Boise State.
"The coaching staff was amazing," he said. "They all have separate personalities, but they all want one thing, and that's to help their players into become better."
Shaw will fill the role of the "STUD" end at Boise State currently filled by Kamalei Correa. With elite speed and strength, Shaw liked what he saw from Correa during the Wyoming game.
"My game is similar to his," he said. "I like to attack from that position."
Shaw, a three-star prospect, has cancelled the other visits he had planned and is looking forward to making his pledge to Boise State official in February.
"I'm very proud to be a Bronco," he said.
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