Shaw Impresses At L.A. Combine

One of Notre Dame's top targets at cornerback is Joshua Shaw of Palmdale High School (Palmdale, Calif.). Shaw competed at's Los Angeles combine and proved that he should be considered among the elite defensive backs in the country.

Joshua Shaw (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) hasn't been shy about listing Notre Dame as his leader, and it is possible that he could make a decision within the next couple months.

"Right now, it's all about me getting out there," Shaw said of his interest in Notre Dame. "When I get up there it might happen when I'm up there. It might happen before. As soon as I feel out the options that I do have, and if feel Notre Dame is really where I want to be, then I'm going to jump on it fast.

"I'm thinking late July. I talked to coach Brown and he said that he doesn't need me to come to camp and just try to come down there with my family and just see everything for ourselves."

Although Irish fans are getting excited about Shaw being a part of Notre Dame's 2010 recruiting class, but Shaw is still looking keeping his options open.

"I'm kind of waiting for the two in-state schools, USC and UCLA to offer before I really start to narrow things down," he explained. "But as of now, Notre Dame is definitely No.1.

"I camp at UCLA on Saturday, so hopefully I will do well there and pick up an offer. I stay in close contact with USC, and they told me that they don't have too much film on me, because I've only played defensive back for about a year. It's a big-time program and they told me to come out there for their one-day camp and they'd have me in garnet and gold."

Former Notre Dame defensive back Travis Davis ('93) was at the combine and Shaw impressed him.

"I like his closing speed," Davis said. " I liked his reaction to the ball, he played the ball pretty good. I like his speed off the line. He has a nice jam. He shut a number of receivers down and took them right to the ground. I think the biggest thing about him was his closing speed and his ability to find the ball. Some people have closing speed, but have trouble finding the ball, but he could do both.

Campbell Hall football coach William Shine was one of the coaches that managed the Los Angeles combine and he also came away impressed with Shaw.

"The first thing I noticed about Shaw was his demeanor," Shine commented. "You can tell right off the bat how intelligent he is. A very courteous young man; there was no sense of entitlement to him, just confidence without the arrogance. I can tell why ND offered him.

"Then you get into the work ethic. Every drill of the day, he competed at what seemed to be his max effort. Whether it was a simple cone drill, where he displayed his impressively loose hips for such a tall/physical defensive back, or in simple back-pedal drills that others will tend to loaf through.

"But most clearly the one-on-ones is where he made his presence completely known," Coach Shine said. "One of tallest DB's out there, he had enough quickness to get hands on the smaller receivers, as well as the physical strength to lock up a big, strong wide receiver. There were no less then three wide receivers that Shaw wouldn't allow off the line. His ball playing technique such as knowing when to turn for the ball, locating the ball, and making a play on the ball, where only matched by one other defensive back that I saw the entire day." Top Stories