Shaw Has OSU Connection

When it comes to recruiting, forging a relationship based on any sort of mutual connection can be a huge benefit for a team. Find out what the connection is between Ohio State assistant coach Taver Johnson and four-star cornerback prospect Joshua Shaw in this update.

Once Ohio State started recruiting Joshua Shaw, it did not take long for both sides to realize some common ground.

The four-star cornerback from Palmdale, Calif., said he received an offer from the Buckeyes about a month ago once the coaching staff reviewed his highlight film. Shaw then began talking with OSU cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, who revealed some familiarity with Shaw's home town.

"He's way out in Ohio and I'm way over here in Palmdale, California, and when he found out I went to Palmdale High School he said, ‘I know about Palmdale,' " Shaw told "He has a niece that just graduated from Palmdale.

"What a small world. We talked about that a little bit. He's actually been out here a couple times because that's his family. He knows this area pretty well."

Shaw and Johnson's niece are acquaintances, he said.

"I asked her, ‘Why didn't you ever tell me?' She said, ‘I didn't know you liked Ohio State,' " Shaw said.

That shared experience is just one of the reasons Shaw said he speaks with Johnson on a daily basis. With offers from around the country, the Buckeyes are on Shaw's short list along with Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Washington, Tennessee and UCLA. All have offered.

Although Johnson has been to Palmdale a number of times, the 6-1, 180-pound cornerback has never been to Columbus. Along with his parents, he plans to remedy that in the near future.

"I'm planning on (visiting OSU) really, really soon," he said. "Hopefully the end of this month or early next month."

The trip to Columbus will not be his first of the season. Shaw said he took in USC, UCLA, San Diego State, Oregon and Washington during the spring.

Shaw said he is on pace to graduate in December and enroll for winter courses in college. The plan until then is to take five official visits this fall and pick a school during the early days of December.

OSU's recent inclusion on his list and subsequent pursuit of Shaw puts them in company with a number of other schools. His cell phone and e-mail account have not been lacking for attention.

"I come home every day with just a bunch of handwritten letters and things like that," he said. "I get a lot of e-mails. I'd say I go through 20-something e-mails a day. It's pretty crazy. It's just a dream come true for me and I thank God for all this. It's a privilege for all these schools to want me to be a part of their program."

As he works to narrow his list, Shaw knows what he is looking for in a school.

"A great academic institution, which I think all of (my top schools) will provide," he said. "I have to do my homework on that and see who has what I want to study. I'm someone who wants to play in a big-time college atmosphere on game day when it's real loud and stuff like that. I'm that type of person. Then where do I fit in best, how many corners have they brought in and stuff like that."

Shaw said he plans to major in criminal justice with plans of becoming a crime scene investigator.

Listed by as the No. 16 cornerback in the country, Shaw also lines up at quarterback for his high school. Most of the schools recruiting him including OSU view him as a cornerback at the next level, although Shaw said Utah and Colorado State both offered him as an athlete.

Given the choice, Shaw said he prefers being a cornerback.

"I think I'm a student of the game," he said. "I take pride in watching film and things like that. I take pride in everything I do as far as working hard and things like that, but as a cornerback I'm just a good man-to-man guy because I'm bigger than most receivers in high school."

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