UNC in Shaw's Top Three

Defensive end loved his UNC visit -- so much so, that the Tar Heels are among his favorites.

Following his much-anticipated visit to North Carolina on Tuesday, Derriyon Shaw’s interest in the Tar Heels has ascended.

“[The visit] has definitely moved them up,” Shaw said. “They’re definitely in my top three. It was just the environment [and] the people. I can really tell that they will take care of me and have my back. I loved it. They just weren’t worried about football – they were worried about me as a person.”

Arizona State and Boise State round out Shaw’s top three -- all three have offered, plus a dozen more schools. UNC is the obvious outlier of the trio.

“Location is actually not a problem, because no matter where I go I’ll always have family,” Shaw said.

This offseason, Shaw and his mother moved to Las Vegas – and thus, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end transferred from Buford (Ga.) Lanier to North Las Vegas (Nev.) Legacy – and his mother will remain in that area during Shaw’s college years. Conversely, he still has family in Georgia, including his father and uncle.

Further evidence that location won’t be a factor: Shaw's and his mother's exhaustive day trip. Shaw and his mother, who were visiting family in Georgia for vacation, drove to UNC early Tuesday, visited Duke later that day, and then drove back to Georgia that night.

Shaw’s UNC stay lasted about five hours.

“I loved it,” Shaw said. “I can honestly say that I love UNC. It has a beautiful campus. It’s a college town – I just loved it. Coach [Tray] Scott and Coach [Larry] Fedora are amazing people.”

In addition to touring the campus and meeting several players, Shaw’s UNC visit included a meeting with Fedora.

“He mainly talked about the things that I should go by when I’m making a decision,” Shaw said. “He just talked to me as an actual person who’s making an important decision and not just a recruit that’s considering his school.

“I loved Coach Fedora. I loved his spirit – and so did my mom.”

Shaw hung out with Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach, throughout the day.

“Coach Scott talked about the defense that they run,” Shaw said. “He didn’t only talk about football, but outside of football – how the college is set up and how he liked me as a person. We did a lot of small talk.”

Scott projects Shaw as a “speed” end within UNC’s 4-3 defensive scheme. In a similar role, Shaw compiled 11 sacks and nine hurries for Lanier last season.

“That’s the position I want to play,” Shaw said. “I want to get after the quarterback and also the ‘speed’ end is very versatile – they might drop me [into coverage].”

When he returns to Nevada, Shaw will work on scheduling trips to Arizona State and Boise State. He then plans on taking some of his allotted official visits this season before making a verbal commitment.

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