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John Shaw, the highly recruited defensive tackle from Spring Grove, PA who committed to Penn State in July, has been working out hard to prepare for his college career. He will take his official visit to State College next month.

Name: John Shaw
Position: DT
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 272 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8
Bench Press: 375 pounds
School: Spring Grove Area SHS, Spring Grove, PA

The date for John's official visit to Penn State has been set.

"It's January 17," John said Monday.  "The coach was at my house last week.  He gave me the official date."

The Penn State coaching staff was hoping that John, who is home-schooled, would be able to graduate high school early and get a head start on his college career.

"They wanted me to start school in January, but I said I couldn't finish up my school year quickly enough, so I'm going to go on May 1 instead.

"I'll have a summer job and I'll be lifting with the team, getting used to college life for about three months until school actually starts.

"I've been lifting hard the last couple of weeks.  I maxed out at about 375 yesterday on the bench press.  I got 225 pounds 21 times recently.  I've been doing a lot of benching lately since I sprained my ankle two weeks ago playing basketball."

How is the ankle?

"It's doing well.  I'm walking around and rehabilitating it.  I'll be back playing on January 6.  It feels better everyday.  This morning, I did some light jogging, went to the gym and got on the bike and went for about an hour.

"I want to show up [at PSU] at about 285 pounds, lean and mean."

John also worked very hard to make sure he earned a qualifying SAT score.

"I struggled with them last Spring, but then I was up all hours of the night studying for like a month and I upped my score about 200 points.  I bought a book and I was taking full SATs at my house, timing myself and everything.  I pulled off a 1040, so I'm good to go on that."

John's admirable work ethic is one of the major reasons the Nittany Lion coaching staff, and Penn State fans in general, are excited he will sign a letter of intent on February 5 to play for PSU.

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