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Three-star DE/LB prospect Rashawn Shaw of Fort Pierce (Fla) Central made the trip north to visit Louisville this week and he tells Cardinal Authority that the experience has put Charlie Strong's program on top.

Rashawn Shaw has held a scholarship offer from Louisville since early spring and this week he caught a flight to check out the Cardinals program.

"It was great," he told Cardinal Authority on Tuesday evening. "We toured all of the facilities and I got to sit down with Coach Strong and talk with him one-one-one. I got to meet all of the staff and see how everything there."

While visiting U of L, Shaw learned how prominent the presence of athletes from the Sunshine State are on the Cardinals roster.

"It felt pretty good and it felt like home," he said. "They told me that they have 39 players from Florida and when I got there I fit right in. I was surprised by all the people from Florida on the team."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star prospect learned what Charlie Strong expects of him during his sit down visit with the Cardinals head coach.

"He told me how I much he really wants to get me up there," he said. "He's looking forward to getting me back up there for another visit with my parents. He wants me to be on the team and he sees me doing big things and making an impact when I come in as a freshman."

Shaw had previously informed Cardinal Authority that he planned to make a college decision prior to the start of his senior season and while that is still his intention, he admits that the visit has him reconsidering the timing.

"Hopefully by the end of the summer and the beginning of my season I should," he explained. "After taking, Louisville is my number one school and I feel real comfortable with it, so it may be even sooner."

While he does have plans for a few more visits, Shaw is nearly certain of which school he'll announce.

"I'm probably going to take a couple more visits, like to NC State, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and maybe another," he said. "Louisville is probably where I may end up, but I still want to check out a couple schools first."

Shaw, who tripped to Louisville with his teammate Sharieff Rhaheed, a four-star linebacker and LSU commit, met most of the team and had the opportunity to visit with the linebackers in the unit meeting room. He also watched individual workouts and drills.

"They look real legit," he said of the Cardinals. "They work hard and that will pay off on the field."


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