Shaw taking his time

2014 DE Rashawn Shaw watched his teammate Sharieff Rhaheed commit to LSU a couple weeks ago. Though Shaw also holds an offer from the Tigers, he isn't quite ready to follow in Rhaheed's footsteps.

Fort Pierce Central teammates Rashawn Shaw and Sharieff Rhaheed picked up offers from LSU on the same day.

The duo had talked about playing together on the next level, and Rhaheed took one step in that direction when he made a commitment to the Tigers two weeks ago. While Shaw was happy for Rhaheed's decision, he isn't quite ready to pull the trigger.

"I think it's pretty good for him," Shaw said. "He found a school that he really liked, so he went ahead and committed. I think it's going to be a good fit for him, playing in the SEC at a big level. Hopefully I'll be up in the SEC with him also. I'm just looking around a bit more before I commit."

With Corey Raymond taking the lead in his recruitment, Shaw would likely have to follow a similar path in order to make his LSU offer committable. Like Rhaheed, Shaw would probably need to make a trip to campus so defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley could get a first-hand look at him.

But the idea of he and Rhaheed reuniting at LSU is something he still has in the back of his mind.

"With him committing, and we have the same offer, it would be a good opportunity if I did commit there," Shaw said. "We'd be able to compete together, and we'd be close. We grew up together. That would be a big thing, but it's good for him. I'm just taking my time with my recruitment. I'll probably end up committing before the end of the summer."

Shaw said he maintains consistent contact with Coach Raymond, but LSU isn't one of the schools showing him the most interest right now. Those programs would be Louisville, Tennessee and North Carolina State, which he considers his top three.

"They're been going hard on me and talking to me a lot," Shaw said. "They've really been trying to get me up there…I have a good connection with all the coaches. Those schools have been showing me a lot of love."

In addition to those three, he said Georgia Tech, Duke and UCF are also on his radar. He added that Florida and Georgia have encouraged him to make a visit to their campuses as well.

Though plenty of programs are showing him attention, he's had a quiet spring thus far in terms of visits. He's only been able to make a trip to UCF to check out their spring practices.

Shaw said he plans to make most of his visits during the summer, and LSU is one of the many schools on his list of hopeful destinations. But with all the attention, he admits that it's difficult to take his time with his recruitment.

"It's hard right now especially with my top three choices," Shaw said. "I'm looking for early playing time, and all three are offering that to me. They all talk about how I could contribute early and be a key player for them right now. I have to think about all that, as well as the areas and environment."

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