The 6'/187 pound running back was one of several players from the Dayton area to visit Cincinnati on Saturday, February 17 for Junior Day. Michael enjoyed his visit. "We all had a good time, and I liked it a lot. I'm a fan of the Big East, and Cincinnati is very interesting to me since it would be close to home. I also really liked the campus."
A lot has changed since last football season. Shaw has transferred to Trotwood-Madison and explained the reasons for the decision. "I've grown up with a lot of the players from Trotwood, and the drive to Alter was over a half hour every day. This will be a lot closer since I live in Trotwood, and we should have a good team too. The Trotwood coaches also do a good job getting your name out there for recruiters."
So far Eastern Michigan is the only school that has offered Shaw a college scholarship, and he had planned to attend a Junior Day in Ypsilanti last weekend, but poor weather up north caused him to cancel the unofficial visit. "I had planned to go but the weather was bad. I know Coach Douglas said he has some other junior days for me to visit, but I'm not sure which ones right now."
If the Bearcats decide to make Michael an offer, they may have a trump card in the form of Rob Trigg, who is a member of Cincinnati's 2007 recruiting class. "Rob Trigg was like my mentor when I got to Alter. He really helped me. After he left to go to Chaminade-Julienne, I almost left Alter then. I'm really happy for Rob at Cincinnati."
Whoever lands Shaw won't have to worry about grades. Michael said he has a 3.2 GPA and has already scored a 1450 on the SAT. "My mom stresses academics so I take care of my work in the classroom."
Some might question why a player would leave a school that appeared in the state championship game last year to go elsewhere, but the decision to transfer to Trotwood is also about lifelong friendships. "I've played with a lot of these guys since I was 6-years-old on the Dayton Flames. These guys are all my friends. I played with Domonick Britt (QB) and Roy Roundtree (WR) since we were six. We've even talked about trying to go to the same college. If it was Cincinnati, even Brandon Moore (TE) is interested because his brother goes to school there." Moore already has about a dozen offers including one from Cincinnati.
Some have projected Shaw as a college safety so Michael addressed that option. "I've always played running back so that's what I love, but I'm also a hitter. If getting a free education means switching to safety, I would do it." Michael said his fastest time in the forty-yard-dash is 4.34 seconds, and he has been timed at 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters.
Since Michael's been on the field against Zach Collaros, another 2007 Bearcat signee, he was asked about the Steubenville quarterback. "He's really tough. Not only is he a good quarterback, but he played safety for them too. Cincinnati got a good player."
In Trotwood, Michael is sometimes referred to as "LT" for his favorite player LaDainian Tomlinson. "He's always been my favorite player, and I've always worn the #21, his number so Coach Douglas and some of the guys call me that."
Although Eastern Michigan has been the only school to make an offer at this point, Penn State and a couple others schools have been showing interest in addition to Cincinnati.
Bearcat Insider will check back with Michael later in the year.