Combines and skill camps are to get exposure for young athletes.
That's exactly what's happening for one very young Tennessee High School prospect.
Carson Shaw will be entering his ninth grade year this fall, while where he ends up going to high school may still be up in the air, one thing is for certain, college coaches will be tracking him.
Shaw, who has attended Montgomery Bell Academy through middle school is still undecided where he will begin his high school career. According to Shaw he isn't sure what high school will get his services.
"We are looking at a few schools," Shaw told InsideTennessee.com. "There is a possibility I will end up at Spring Hill or somewhere in the Nashville area."
Whatever school gets this young man will apparently get a fierce competitor.
The tailback/safety stands 5-foot-9, 160-pounds he turned in some impressive numbers at the InsideTennessee Combine and Skills Camp last month.
He ran a 4.61 forty, bench pressed 185 pounds nine times, but the most impressive thing about Shaw was the fact that he wasn't afraid of competition.
Several times during the one on ones part of the combine held at D1 Indoor Practice Facility, Shaw stepped up and went up against the likes of Brian Kimbrow and Will Redmond of Memphis East High School.
"I wanted to see how I stacked up against the best talent there," Shaw explained. "I thought I did pretty well, those are two very fast guys. Some guys didn't want to go up against those guys, I cherished the opportunity."
Shaw competed in two combines this spring and plans on going to several college camps this summer.
"We want to get my name out there early," Shaw said. "It's my dream to play major D1 football, these combine and camps are only going to help me realize my dream."
With Shaw's work ethic and competitive spirit, look for good things for this young man in the years to come. He has four years of high school football ahead of him, but it is quite obvious he is way ahead of the game at this point in his life.