Big-time players aren't difficult to spot and once the Notre Dame staff had a chance to see Joshua Shaw (6-foot-2, 187-pounds) up close, they pulled the trigger.
"I gave coach Polian a call after school," Shaw said of the events leading to his offer. "He told me Charlie Weis was out of town, and they don't usually offer like this with [Powlus] being able to give me the offer, but coach Weis told him to go ahead and do it. I was excited. He said that they'd get coach Weis on the phone as soon as possible, and I'm really looking forward to that.
"I think that I've been in contact with coach Polian for about a month now. I got his email from a friend, Troy Hill. I emailed him and told him how interested I was in Notre Dame. Coach Polian told me that he'd come down to the school to check me out, and he came last Wednesday. He talked to my head coach a lot. My coach told me that he was very, very interested. After that visit, I gave coach Polian a call and he just told me to hang in there and that he'd do his part. He said that he had seen my film and that he thought that I was one of the best corners that he had seen… I got my offer today."
Although the Notre Dame coaching staff didn't identify Shaw early, he has quickly become a priority for the Irish
"Coach Polian said that I'm a great fit, which is why they offered me," Shaw recalled. "I went from a guy that they weren't recruiting to one of the top guys on their board, as far as corners go in this class, and that's pretty special."
"I spoke with coach Brown and I've done some research on him, and I think he's one of the best. He's a great guy. He worked with Ty Law, my favorite cornerback, and a lot of other great corners. I have a lot of respect for him."
Interestingly enough, the standout cornerback became interested in Notre Dame due to a chance visit last fall.
"I got the chance to go out there last fall," Joshua explained. "My brother played for San Diego State, and their first game was at Notre Dame. I went down there with both of my parents and it was the greatest experience that we ever had. We had been to a lot of USC-UCLA games and we had never seen anything like that.
"I've done a little more research after that trip and I really like Notre Dame, so they're at the top of my list right now. Notre Dame is my dream school. I think it's just a great fit right now."
Despite the heavy interest from Shaw, the Irish do have competition for his signature.
"Other teams that I'm really, really considering are Washington and Tennessee," he said. "Notre Dame, Washington and Tennessee are my top three, but I'm also considering schools like Oklahoma.
"I've already been up to Washington for their spring game. I love the environment and all the love I get from the coaches up there. I have a bond with a lot of the coaches up there and I've stayed in touch with some of the players. I think they have a great need for corners.
"Tennessee is my favorite school from the SEC," Shaw said. "They have some great guys on their coaching staff and I look forward to going up there pretty soon to check that out.
With additional offers from Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona, Iowa State, Utah, Oregon State, Boise St., Colorado, and Arizona St., Shaw will have plenty of options when selecting a school.
"I'm planning on being an early graduate, so I'm going to make my decision around November," he said. "That's my plan unless something comes up and I just decide that I want to put a stamp on it and end my recruitment. I do have a fear of my recruiting getting in the way of my season and that's that last thing that I want."
Shaw is a natural athlete and a tough competitor. It's easy to see why all he's receiving the flood of recruiting attention.
"I'm a totally different person on the field," Shaw explained. "My mindset is that I'm better than everybody else on the field. I'm not being cocky, I'm just confident. I'm a big physical corner. I'm a 4.4 forty guy. In the off-season and during the season, I consider myself one of the hardest workers that I know. I pride myself on working hard. When I'm on the field I'm all about competing. I'm a team player and I do what's best for the team."