ELLENWOOD, Ga. --- Like some high school kids, Tre Shaw will utilize his spring break to see family. Since the family members he’s aiming to visit this spring break live outside of New Bern, N.C., the four-star defensive back plans to stop by North Carolina along the way.
“I just want to get to know the people better [this visit to UNC], because the junior day was really the first time I went down there,” Shaw said. “I loved the coaches when I got there. So I just want to continue to build that relationship with the coaches and the other people around the program.”
Shaw, a 6-foot, 178-pounder from Cedar Grove High, also hopes to have his father accompany him on the visit. Although the elder Shaw is temporarily working outside of New Bern, he has yet to see Chapel Hill. When Shaw attended UNC’s junior day in February, he was joined by his mother.
Additionally, Shaw may squeeze in a trip to NC State while in the Tar Heel State. His spring break, which runs between April 1 and April 8, is also likely include a return to Auburn.
While having family in N.C. might seem like an advantage for UNC or NC State, Shaw says that’s not the case.
“It doesn’t matter about the distance of where I go,” Shaw said. “It’s just about where I feel comfortable at.”
Comfort and reciprocated interest are being used by Shaw to formulate a list of favorite schools.
“I’m really just focused on getting the schools out of the way that really aren’t focused on me,” Shaw said. “If you’re not contacting me, then you’re off the list.”
Nearly 30 schools have offered Shaw. But he says Auburn, Michigan, UNC, NC State, and Penn State are recruiting him the hardest and thus possess staying power.
Specifically with UNC, Shaw is being recruited by Charlton Warren, the Tar Heels’ defensive backs coach. Shaw says Warren contacts him at least once a week.
“He just tells me how much UNC wants me and how much they love me there,” Shaw said. “And he’s trying to get back there for the spring.”
Warren hasn’t, though, said exactly where he projects Shaw within UNC’s secondary.
For Cedar Grove, Shaw lines up at running back, quarterback, cornerback, safety, and outside linebacker.
“Honestly, on defense this past year we used him wherever we thought the ball was going,” Cedar Grove head coach Jermaine Smith said. “If it was against a running team, he was down in the box. If it was against a passing team, we put him on the best receiver. In the red zone, we lock him up on the best receiver.
“I think on the next level he’d be a great nickel guy. But, he could play corner or safety, but nickel is his ultimate fit because he’s good at coming in the box and making tackles but at the same time he can cover.
“He’s very instinctive. He finds the ball and is always in the right place at the right time.”
Shaw’s preference is cornerback.
After returning from his February visit to UNC, Shaw took a break from recruiting until traveling to Alabama a couple of Fridays back. This coming weekend, he figures to drop by Tennessee while his 7-on-7 team participates in a tournament nearby.
The last time Shaw was on the road with his 7-on-7 team, Shaw bumped into a familiar face – Brelin Faison-Walden.
“He was on the other 7-on-7 team and we beat him,” Shaw said with a laugh. “We recognized each other from my UNC visit. Now, he hits me up on the regular.
“We talk about if we want to go to the ACC or SEC, because we both know we want to end up in the NFL – we just don’t know which conference we want to go to. And we talk about UNC all the time. We talked about playing together.”