Big-Time DT Commits To PSU!

John Shaw, the highly coveted DT from Spring Grove, PA, committed to the Nittany Lions on Monday. He chose Penn State over a slew of other schools extending scholarship offers, a great get for PSU!

Name: John Shaw
Position: DT
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 275 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9
Bench Press: 375 pounds
School: Spring Grove Area SHS, Spring Grove, PA

"I committed yesterday," John said.  "I called Coach Kenney at his house.  He was very excited.  I just liked Penn State.  I like the coaching staff, the fact that they're in the Big 10 and that they're close to home.  You also have the fact that 4 defensive linemen will be leaving.  Put all that together and it makes for a good situation for me."

John Shaw has worked tremendously this off-season to mold himself into a high level, Division I caliber player. Last season, he played at around 235 pounds. Since December, John has worked to pack on an additional 40+ pounds onto his frame, taking him to his current 275 pounds, as well as improving upon his strength and quickness.

He and his father put together a video including about 25 plays from John's junior season and footage of him at the local YMCA dunking a basketball and bench pressing 225 as many times as he could (16 reps, he's up to 19 reps now).

The video was sent to college coaching staffs across the country.  The recipients were obviously very impressed.

"I had offers from Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Syracuse, Pitt, Colorado, Rice, Notre Dame, Boston College, Toledo, Akron, Louisville, UConn, Kansas and Virginia."

John and his father visited State College during the Coaches Clinic weekend.

"I went to Penn State on Saturday, April 13, a week before the Blue-White game," John said in an interview with LionNews 2 weeks ago.  "We got to check out the campus, watch a practice and meet all the coaches. The campus is very awesome. The hitting was great at the practice. They ran about 120 plays which is pretty close to a spring practice record they said. That was pretty neat. Two helmets went flying, a shoe fell off of somebody. It was kind of like a game, defense against the offense. They said they ran more plays and that the hitting was harder than it would be at the Blue-White game."

John also took visits to Syracuse, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish came in second for Shaw's services.  He took a trip to Notre Dame last weekend and enjoyed the experience.  The school name, tradition and TV contract were very appealing to John, but in the end, he decided Penn State was the place for him.

Any chance he could change his mind?

"No, definitely not," he said emphatically.

Note: He is hoping to wear #99 at Penn State.

June 20 LionNews article on John Shaw


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