Shakerin Waiting it Out

Alta running back Sausan Shakerin is prepping to play Layton in the 5A State Championship on Friday in what will be his final high school game. Since the day his team started two-a-days, he's put recruiting decisions on the back burner. With his season set to end on Friday, Shakerin will then turn his attention to would-be suitors, of which there are plenty.

"It's all about the championship and taking state," said Sausan Shakerin. "I haven't thought about recruiting at all since the season started. My attention has been on my team and [on] taking state, which we'll hopefully do tomorrow."

Shakerin is a 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound running back recruit from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. Since the end of last season, Shakerin has been one of the more highly touted - and subsequently recruited - athletes in Utah. The list of scholarship offers Shakerin holds is impressive.

"I have offers from both BYU and Utah in-state," said Shakerin. "I also have offers from LSU, [Oregon State] and Stanford."

There had been rumors of late that all schools save BYU were only looking at Shakerin to play linebacker, leading Shakerin to lean toward BYU as his final destination. Shakerinn denied such rumors to TBS.

"That's not true at all," said Shakerin. "All the schools that are recruiting me are recruiting me as a running back, so no, I'm not being recruited as a linebacker as far as I know."

Shakerin will begin his recruiting process in earnest when he trips to Stanford the weekend after the state championship game. The Stanford visit is the only visit Shakerin has scheduled so far, although he aims to make the rounds to most of the schools which have offered him.

"Just like I said, I'm not really thinking about recruiting right now," said Shakerin. "I don't have a favorite and I'm not really leaning toward any school because I simply haven't thought about it at all."

The focus Shakerin has invested on his final prep year has apparently paid dividends, as he's set to compete for the state championship on Friday. While his focus has been there throughout, his overall health has not, as Shakerin has struggled with injuries all year.

"I've missed three games due to injury," said Shakerin. "I was hurt in two-a-days and then against during the year. I've had injuries to both my knees, which has hurt me and not let me put up the numbers I wanted to."

Regardless, Shakerin and his teammates will finish out their prep careers exactly where they wanted to be: playing for the state championship at Rice Eccles Stadium.

"It's what we all wanted and now we just need to play our best game and take home the championship," said Shakerin.

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