U of L extends offers to teammates

Defensive line prospects Rashawn Shaw and Sharieff Rhaheed of Fort Pierce (Fla) Central are quickly becoming two of the nation's top sought after prospects and both hold scholarship offers from Louisville.

Fort Pierce (Fla) Central has quickly become a hot spot for college coaches in search of talented defensive players, with defensive ends Rashawn Shaw and Sharieff Rhaheed getting attention from a number of the nation's top programs.

Shaw (6'3, 220) and Rhaheed (6'4, 215) have already collected an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"It feels pretty good to get the offers and talk to coaches at different schools," said Shaw "It gives me a lot of variety to choose from schools across the nation."

Shaw's offer count has climbed to eight, while Rhaheed's count has risen to seven.

"I'm enjoying the process," said Rhaheed. "It feels great."

Sharieff Rhaheed
While the two have known each other since middle school and have discussed the possiblity of playing together on the college level, that opportunity may not play a large role in their recruiting process.

"We've know each other since the 8th grade, when we played middle school basketball, but he went to a different high school until last year when he came over to Central and we bonded again and got in sync with each other on the field," explained Shaw. "Now we push each other to get better, so we can get to the next level even if we don't play at the same place."

"We've thought about it, but we haven't made a decision about doing that yet," added Rhaheed.

Rhaheed's most recent offers came from Louisville and Memphis

"I like the scheme they run and some of my friends say that it's a pretty cool town," he said of Memphis. "[Louisville] is going to the ACC, which is good. I like Coach Strong. I met him when he was at Florida. They have a couple guys that are going pro next year."

Shaw's most recent offers arrived from Louisville, LSU Tennessee and UCF.

"I don't know much from Tennessee yet, because that offer came out of the blue and it kind of surprised me," said Shaw. "The LSU offer was pretty exciting and I'm looking forward to checking that out more. Louisville has been on me for a good while now and I talk to the recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach. I like how Charlie Strong is a defensive coach, too. They have a real good up and coming program and they are going to the ACC."

Still early in the recruiting process, neither is ready to claim a favorite.

"I don't have one right now," said Rhaheed. "I'm looking at everybody."

"I don't really have a favorite right because I'm still looking around at everything," said Shaw. "I'm looking foward to getting to know more about what all the schools have to offer, what their campuses are like. It motivates me to become even better and to get in the weight room, so I can improve and be ready for my senior season."

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