There is a good chance that Joshua Shaw will leave California to play college football.
Where he ends up remains to be seen, which is why the 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback set up five official visits for the fall.
Last month, Shaw made the trip to Columbus to see USC take on Ohio State. A week prior, the Palmdale native made his way up to Seattle for an unofficial trip - the season opener between Washington and LSU. Later, he traveled to Gainesville to see Florida take on Tennessee.
With three official visits left, Shaw said that he wanted to continue to take trips that would help his decision along, rather than just check out campuses for the sights and sounds of a free trip.
With both Notre Dame and Oklahoma scheduled for upcoming visits, the West’s top cornerback prospect brought LSU back into the picture - thanks to a little work from the Tiger coaching staff, of course.
“After I saw LSU beat up Washington, the coaches started getting after me again and telling me that they really wanted me to come down for a visit,” Shaw said. “I had wanted to all along, I just was not sure if it would happen. But I heard how serious the staff was about me, and they said they had been watching lots of my film and really wanted to get me on campus.
“On Monday, I rang the coaches again, and this time coach Miles was on the other end,” he added. “He told me that the weekend was going to be really special for me. He even got my parents excited, and they ended up booking flights too. Now it is going to be a family trip, and we are looking forward to it.”
In terms of the game, Shaw said that he expects to see it come down to the wire.
“I have seen both these teams already, so I know what I am talking about,” he laughed. “Both defenses are really fast and athletic, and that is what I will be watching the entire time.
“These are two of the most talked about programs in the country, so for my visit to work out where it was two undefeated teams ranked this high is really cool.”
What did the nation’s No. 13 ranked cornerback take away from the last time he saw the Tigers in action?
“For one, LSU should have beaten Washington by a lot more than they did,” he said. “A lot of Washington guys felt like they could have won, but truth be told LSU was a lot better.
“And the fans, ooh,” he added. “There were purple and gold folks everywhere, I was shocked. It showed me that people live and die for LSU football. And if it was like that in Seattle, I can’t wait to see Baton Rouge.”
With his flight set to arrive on Saturday morning and depart on Monday, Shaw said he would use the three days to soak in as much information on the university as possible.
“I know the game atmosphere will be great, and I want to use that setting to get more familiar with the coaching staff,” he said. “Like I said, I had not talked to them over the past couple of months as much as I had wished I would have. But after talking with coach Miles on Monday, I do know that they are still interested in me, and I had always had an interest in them.
“I am also excited to see the academic side of things, and I know my parents are as well,” he added. “The only bad thing about the whole weekend is that one of the teams has to lose.”
With family scattered across the Bayou State, the four-star cornerback prospect said that he hopes that the weekend provides a realization that Baton Rouge could become a second home during his college years.
“My mom was born out there, and we still have lots of family around Ruston,” Shaw said. “Could it be a good opportunity that I should take advantage of? That is what I want to find out on my trip.”