Northside's Shaw one of state's top DL

There are three defensive tackles in Louisiana that have coaches from all over the country chomping at the bits at the prospects of getting their commitment. LSU has already secured one pledge from that impressive trio in Al Woods and another one that is high on the Tigers' list is Jarred Shaw of Lafayette-Northside.

Shaw stands at 6-foot-5, weighs 335 pounds, sports a 5.0- time in the forty-yard dash and bench presses 340 pounds. He also carries a 3.9 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT. With credentials like that it is easy to see why he is regarded so highly in the college coaching circle.

Last season, the blue-chip tackle led Northside to the state championship game and was an honorable mention all-state selection after he posted 98 tackles, 7 ½ sacks and an interception.

He currently has offers from UCLA and Tennessee but he is receiving strong interest from Oklahoma, USC, Miami, Florida and Ole Miss, along with the home-town Tigers.

Last week, Shaw had a long talk with LSU head coach Les Miles and there were some reports that a scholarship offer was extended during their conversation. Was that the case?

"Not really," Shaw said. "He just said he wanted me to come to a camp this summer and he wanted me to play for him. I don't really think that is an offer."

While his offer status seems a little unclear at the present moment, one thing that is for certain is that since Shaw and Miles met for the first time interest has definitely picked up on LSU's part.

"Lately, I've talked to him a lot," said Shaw. "I think they are showing more interest now that he had a chance to see me in person."

LSU is well-stocked with young defensive tackles on the roster and that is one reason Miles is trying to persuade Destrehan defensive tackle Chaz Washington to move to the offensive line. He also mentioned the same scenario with Shaw although in a different manner.

"He said I could try defense first and if that doesn't work out then I could always try offense," said Shaw.

Has he considered moving to the other side of the ball?

"Not really because I like defense," he said. "I think I'm better suited for defense because I can move well for my size. I have good technique and I can get after it."

Shaw has a long list of suitors and that list is sure to grow as recruiting goes on but for now the hometown team has the edge?

"Right now LSU is at the top," he said. "Most of my family wants to be able to see me play and they wouldn't have that opportunity if I went somewhere else. That is going to play a big part in my decision."

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