Rashawn Shaw got a first-hand experience of how LSU plays this past fall.
Shaw was invited to visit Florida when the Tigers battled the Gators in Gainesville, Fla., back in October. Shaw liked what he saw from LSU, and maintained that interest once it became mutual.
"I've gotten a ton of mail from them," Shaw said. "I was there in person to watch them and Florida. I got a chance to see how they play. And I've been getting a whole lot of mail from them, so I know the latest and all the people going to the draft."
That contact culminated in an offer extended to Shaw last week. It was his second SEC offer and he said it was one of his biggest.
"When I first heard about it, I was very excited and thrilled," Shaw said. "I couldn't believe it at first. The coach [Corey Raymond] called my dad, and I overheard them talking and he mentioned LSU, then he started smiling…I started thanking the lord. That's a big offer for me. I feel very proud of what I've accomplished."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound DE currently has six offers from LSU, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Louisville, who offered Tuesday. Of those, he said LSU and South Carolina are on top, with Florida and Alabama other schools that have shown interest.
It's still early in the process for Shaw, and he isn't in a rush to make a decision. He said he's looking forward to getting an opportunity to examine LSU more closely this spring.
"My coach is thinking about taking us down there in the spring, maybe for the Spring Game," Shaw said. "I did get a Junior Day invite, but I wasn't able to make it."
As for what he's looking for in a program, it all boils down to academics and comfort.
"They have to have my major based on what I want to do with my career," said Shaw, who wants to major in graphic design. "It has to be like home. It has to be a good atmosphere for me."
The LSU offer came as an extra bonus because the Tigers offered Shaw's teammate at the same time. LB Sharieff Rhaheed picked up an offer along with Shaw, and the two could potentially team up on the next level as well.
"We've been working hard to accomplish something," Shaw said. "Now that we both have an offer, it's something we can think about down the road…He has his own stuff going on with colleges. We've thought about how it would be playing college together, but we haven't talked about it a lot."
Shaw likes what he sees from LSU
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