Tre Shaw (Photo by Chad Simmons)

UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: CB Tre Shaw

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January • Versatile athlete who played running back and defensive back for Cedar Grove • Helped lead Cedar Grove to the GHSAA Class AAA state title, the school’s first championship • Scored twice in the state title game, once on a 34-yard interception return and another on a 32-yard screen play • Finished the game with five catches for 71 yards and a score • Named first-team all-state and all-Metro • Considered the No. 34 cornerback in the country, No. 12 in the South and No. 4 in Georgia by • In composite rankings, he is listed as the No. 35 cornerback in the country, and the No. 33 overall player in Georgia • Averaged 13.6 yards per carry as a junior running back


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RECRUITMENT: Although he attempted to keep an open mind early into his recruitment, Auburn and UNC quickly emerged as favorites for Shaw. In late March, he officially narrowed his schools under consideration to ten: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Shortly after attending Fedora’s Freak Show, that list was trimmed further to Auburn, Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina. He also set July 20 as his decision date. On that date, he picked the Heels.

WHY CAROLINA: "The North Carolina coaches have made me feel like I am a priority for them. Their staff has been with me from day one, and that means a lot. They have stayed in touch with me, they have made me feel needed, and that is a big part of why I chose them."

EVALUATION: Shaw is a physical and confident defensive back, who could legitimately play anywhere in the secondary. Given his comfort working inside the box, nickel would be his ideal position within UNC’s scheme. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is aggressive in run support -- he closes quickly on the ball carrier and seems to enjoy delivering punishment.

HS COACH QUOTES: "Football player wise, he's going to go 110 mph everyday all day. He's like a machine. We have to tell him sometimes, 'Slow down. Rest your body.' But he's such a competitor. The best way I can describe him: if we're picking teams for badminton or if we're picking teams for kick ball or whatever, I'm going to pick him first. That's the type of competitor he is. I think he's going to be a nickel defender/corner [in college]. He's very physical and he likes to hit people. He has real good ball skills. And he always finds himself around the football.”— Chris Hill, Cedar Grove HS 

HS COACH QUOTES: “We used him wherever we thought the ball was going. 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.”— Jermaine Smith, Cedar Grove HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Really a great kid, a great family, got to know his mom, and have a really good relationship with them. Tre is doing a great job. He can really run. Won the state championship in his last game. Had a pick-six and ended a high school career in a great way."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: A lot of Shaw’s family is from – and some continue to reside in – the New Bern area. Understandably, many family members wanted to see Shaw at UNC, especially his aunt, who graduated from the school. … Read the full subscriber-only report

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