Spokane 'backer poised for late interest?

A NUMBER OF recruits offered late -- and "late" in this age of ever early offers and verbals means a month or three before Letter of Intent Day -- have gone on to terrific college careers. Any number of circumstances can be reason why; marked development in senior year, tape going out after the season, etc. Alex Shaw, brother of Vandal DE Josh Shaw, might see his name become part of that group.

Spokane's Shaw (6-2, 216, 4.6) is more than a little familiar with Idaho. Brother Josh Shaw, a junior defensive end, is a mainstay on the Idaho line.

"We talk and I've been over to a couple Idaho games," said the younger Shaw.

Idaho is among the schools who have requested more tape but it is Portland State and Montana who have been making the most contact recently. Shaw holds one offer to date, from Idaho State. That total could increase in the coming weeks before Signing Day.

"That's kind of what I'm getting from most colleges is after you're season's done, compile a tape," said Shaw.

Another schools in the mix is Montana State. Washington State and Washington have also been in intermittent contact, with the Huskies showing the most interest of the two, said Shaw.

Some senior tape has gone out, (you can view a 2 minute clip of mostly '07 running back highlights below) but schools like Idaho, and others, could ramp up their recruitment depending on what they see on Shaw's final reel.

"Definitely, after the season is over...I'll go through and compile a highlight reel," said Shaw, whose Lewis and Clark (9-2) squad faces off against No. 3 ranked Edmonds-Woodway (10-0) on Saturday in the semifinals of the 4A state playoffs at the Tacoma Dome.

An outstanding student, Shaw holds a 3.8 GPA and easily achieved a qualifying score on his SAT.

Prep defensive statistics are often hard to come by but Shaw has been racking up tackles with a vengeance this year, playing the weakside middle linebacker spot in Lewis and Clark's 4-4 scheme. No matter, says Shaw, stats aren't the reason he plays the game.

"I have no idea what my stats are," he said. "I just pay attention to winning and losing.

"I feel like I'm getting better each week, which is what you attempt to do. I think I'm playing the best football I've played."

Linebackers are also the heart and soul of the special teams and like the old adage says, you can never have enough good linebackers. Especially the ones who like to tackle with their face.

"They (college coaches) tell me what they like is how I play physical football and like to make contact," said Shaw.

Alex Shaw profile and video


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