Shaw Still Waiting

Nate Shaw has dreamed about playing college football for a long time. Now, he knows that will happen in his home state of Iowa. He just doesn't know if that will be with the Hawkeyes or the UNI Panthers, to whom he verbally committed.

Nate Shaw secured his future but it's far from finalized.

The Class of 2012 linebacker verbally committed to Northern Iowa this weekend. He told the Panthers that the pledge came with a condition that if Iowa offered him a scholarship, he would reconsider things.

"It kind of got down to the point where (UNI) wanted me pretty bad and I decided that of all the offers I've got so far that they're by far the best," the Bettendorf (Iowa) High standout said. "I told them that I wanted to wait for Iowa and I didn't really want to commit right away, but they said they always lose some players to the bigger schools. At that point, I decided to commit with the term that if Iowa offers, I will need to look at things again.. They were fine with that. Either way, I'm going to be in a great program."

Shaw (6-1, 205) broke the all-time Bettendorf tackle record this season previously held by former Iowa great and current Indianapolis Colt, Pat Angerer. If the Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship, though, he said he wouldn't immediately bail on his UNI pledge.

"I'd really have to think about it if that happens, to tell you the truth," Shaw said. "I really like the UNI coaches. They're a great coaching staff and the players are just awesome.

"I think it would be a legitimate toss-up. I'd just have to talk to my dad and see what Iowa is about, too."

Shaw said he last spoke with Iowa assistant Reese Morgan last week.

"He just said that there are a couple of guys that they're evaluating and I'm one of them," Shaw said. "He said he would keep me posted. It's just a waiting game."

Shaw said he will wait for Iowa up to national signing day on Feb. 1, but that could make his decision even more difficult.

"I think the longer I wait, the farther I push (Iowa) back in my head," he said.

UNI sees Shaw as in inside linebacker.

"They said they're going to try to red shirt me if they can," Shaw said. "I'm ready for the task, no matter what. If I red shirt, that's just another year I can get bigger, faster and better at the game."

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