Tar Heels Track Down Shaw

Derriyon Shaw's move from Georgia to Nevada didn't stop the Tar Heels' pursuit of the defensive end.

Charlton Warren proved on Friday that he’s willing to travel far and wide to pursue a prospect befitting North Carolina’s defensive scheme. On that day, Warren went to Las Vegas to evaluate Derriyon Shaw.

“It made me feel special, you know,” Shaw said. “He came all this way to come out and see me.

“He told me beforehand that he wanted to make sure I had the height. He wanted to see me in person and see how I interact with my teammates.”

Shaw, though, is a special case. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive lineman spent his first three prep seasons terrorizing quarterbacks to the tune of 11 sacks and nine hurries in Gwinnett County – Buford (Ga.) Lanier to be exact. Gwinnett County is among Warren’s recruiting territories.

This offseason, Shaw moved to North Las Vegas – and subsequently enrolled at Legacy High School – when his mother accepted a job in the area. Las Vegas isn’t foreign to Shaw – he spent the first 11 years of his life in the area before moving to Buford.

Amid the move to North Las Vegas back in March, Warren offered Shaw a scholarship.

“He thinks I’m a great fit,” Shaw said. “He thinks I’d be a great player for their school. He brought me up on what I would be playing and how I would fit into their defense at North Carolina. And I totally agree.”

Specifically, Warren envisions Shaw as a defensive end within UNC’s newly installed 4-3 scheme.

“I’ll sometimes stand up and drop back into coverage, but I’ll mostly put my hand into the ground and go after the quarterback,” Shaw said.

With the addition of Nevada and Washington State earlier this week, Shaw’s offer count has reached a dozen. Arizona State, Boise State, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest are some of the other schools to have offered.

According to Shaw, proximity won’t harm UNC’s odds.

“[UNC’s] chances are still pretty high,” Shaw said. “I’d gladly go to school up there. Distance is not really a problem, if a school is a great school and I like the school. I still have family back east, so I’m open to anywhere.”

But first, Shaw will need to visit UNC. He has already made plans to do that during his birthday weekend in July.

“I want to see the atmosphere, the surroundings,” Shaw said. “I already know the football program is great and getting a degree from there would be great. But just seeing it for myself in person is important.”

Shaw will spend two days in Chapel Hill and then likely make his way to Duke and Wake Forest.

“My other visits haven’t been set up, but definitely North Carolina will be the first one that I’ll make,” Shaw said.

Moving nearly cross country has prevented Shaw from making any recruiting trips this offseason. In addition to the N.C. trip, he’s looking to travel to Arizona State, Boise State, Cincinnati, and Miami (Ohio) at some point.

The absence of recruiting trips has contributed to Shaw’s inability to name favorite schools.

Inside Carolina Top Stories