"It is a dream come true for me," said Shaw. "Every since I can remember, I wanted to play for FSU. I mean, what is there not to like about the Seminoles. When they offered me I just couldn't believe it."
Shaw, 5-10 and 185 pounds, runs in the 4.45 range. This season, he led Hillsborough County in rushing with over 1,300 yards. He is also a standout cornerback. At FSU, he will play either wide receiver or cover corner.
"Ja is very similar styled player to that of Warrick Dunn," said his former head coach Terry Long. "He can stop and go and is very elusive."
Shaw, from Plant City, Florida, almost didn't get offered by Florida State. He camped there this summer and impressed the coaching staff. They recruited him all along but were waiting for him to make the grade in the classroom. He did and the rest in history.
"I was playing wide receiver at their camp and I stood out. Coach (Jeff) Bowden pulled me off to the side and asked me my name. Since then, they recruited me. About half-way through my senior year, I sent them my highlight tape and boom, I had an offer but it was contingent on my grades. I recently got the (test) score.
"When I go to FSU, it doesn't matter what position I play... I just want the chance."