Shaw flying under the radar

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Back in April of 2011 a rising freshman walked into D1 Indoor Practice Facility in Knoxville, Tenn., for the Combine and Skills Camp and left with the Underclassman MVP award.

Two years later, Carson Shaw, a Lawerence Country (Tenn.) High School prospect, has reclassified to the 2015 class and is ready to put his skills on display.

"I am going to camp at Washington, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Tennessee this summer," Shaw told "I will probably do a few more, but I know those for sure. I just want to compare myself to the other competition. I just want to prove myself against other good players."

Now measuring in at 5-foot-10, 188 pounds, Shaw is likely a defensive back at the next level and says his blend of aggressiveness and intelligence make him lethal on the grass every fall.

"Right now I am probably an athlete at the next level," he said. "I can play running back, safety or outside linebacker. I am kind of a jack-of-all-trades, which I think helps me.

"I am really just a blend of aggressive play and intelligence and any time you put those two together it can be a powerful weapon. I can read plays really well, but sometimes I have trouble seeing the next level so I am trying to work on that."

Shaw, who carries a 3.9 grade point average and already scored a 32 on his ACT, was being recruited by former Tennessee coaches Terry Joseph and Justin Wilcox, who have renewed their relationships with the Tennessee speedster as of late.

"Coach Wilcox and Coach Joseph were both recruiting me before the new staff came in and are still recruiting me now," he said. "I am hearing from Washington, Nebraska, Clemson, Stanford, Army, Vanderbilt and some more schools too."

Shaw, who claims 4.55 40-yard-dash speed, hopes to grab offers from several Division I institutions during his summer camp tour, but none would mean more than if an offer were to come from the Orange & White.

"It is really hard to describe how jubilant I would be if I got a Tennessee offer," he said. "They are definitely one of my favorite teams having grown up in Tennessee and watched them growing up. It would definitely give them a leg up on everyone else."

Shaw did not play the 2012 season due to extenuating family circumstance, but he will return to the field this fall and will be one to watch going forward.

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