Surprise of the Year

Three-star running back Curtis Shaw (5-11, 190, 4.5) from Stockton Lincoln (Calif.) opens his season next weekend (September 8) against Fairfield High.

Curtis Shaw Profile

Shaw has around 10 scholarship offers, but says he's not focusing on recruiting yet. "I haven't really been thinking about it," Shaw said. "I just want my team to do well and focus on my senior year. I won't even take any of my official visits until after the season. The top two things for me will be academics and my relationship with the coaches. I want to show them what I can do and play."

Despite denying a leader, Shaw favors Washington, Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon. All of his favorites have offered. He also has offers from Arizona, San Diego State, San Jose State, Washington State, Purdue and California.

"Washington is recruiting me the hardest," Shaw said. "They are the only school to text me regularly. They send me short messages and just keep in touch. They tell me to focus on school and wish me luck with my season…stuff like that."

Shaw says that he'll follow all of these teams closely this season. "I'm curious to see how everyone does," Shaw said. "I think that Nebraska will be the surprise of the year. They are a young team and they put together a good recruiting class. They'll be really good this year.

"I also think that Michigan will have a good year, but they are never down too long."

He reports a 2.4 GPA and a 66 composite ACT score. He will be taking the SAT in the fall.

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