Keep an eye on Lafayette DL Shaw

College coaches in search of defensive tackles will have their eyes on Louisiana because the Bayou State is very deep at that spot. <br><br> Everyone knows about Elton's Al "A.J." Woods and Destrehan's Chaz Washington but Jarred Shaw of Lafayette-Northside is another guy to keep an eye on.

Shaw stands at 6-foot-5, weighs 310 pounds and sports a 5.0-forty time. He spends a lot of time in the weight room and recently maxed out his bench at an impressive 340 pounds.

Not only does he have the size and strength to dominate the line of scrimmage but also he has excellent quickness to go with it. Add the fact that he is fully qualified with a 3.9 grade point average and a 22 on the ACT then it is easy to see why Shaw will be heavily recruited.

"I rely a lot on my size and footwork but probably the biggest thing is I play smart," Shaw said. "I play basketball too and that helped a lot with my footwork. I think that is a big reason I'm as quick as I am."

Last season, Shaw was an integral part of Northside's run to the state championship game giving the Vikings an imposing figure in the trenches. The season ended on a sour note with Northside finishing runner-up to John Curtis but he was rewarded with first team All-District and honorable mention All-State awards after he posted 98 tackles, 7 ½ sacks and an interception.

Word spread quickly throughout the coaching circles of his talent and Shaw is getting a lot of interest from several schools.

"I'm hearing the most from LSU, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and pretty much all of the SEC schools," Shaw said. "Oklahoma sends a lot of stuff too."

Is there a certain group of schools that stand out at this point?

"LSU, Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Tennessee," he said.

Shaw recently attended LSU's Junior Day and even though he had been on campus numerous times over the years he got an in-depth look at what the Tigers have to offer.

"I liked everything I saw," he said. "They showed us around the campus and I really liked the academic center. Everything is top of the line from the facilities on down."

The big man from Acadiana didn't anticipate spending any one-on-one time with Les Miles and the other coaches because they had so many players to entertain but they let him know he was on their radar.

"They said to keep playing like I've been playing and they would be watching me," he said.

Shaw said he is looking forward to getting a chance to see what all of the schools have to offer but when asked if LSU was going to be the team to beat, he replied, "Yes they will."

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