"I just left campus and made it official," Shaw said. "It just felt like home for me and I'm very comfortable at UCLA. It's a great school football-wise and academically and I really like the coaching staff and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) a lot.
"Coach Meat is real cool and we have a good relationship. He talked to me about being a competitor and have the mindset when I get there to compete and want to play right away. I liked all the schools that recruited me but I just felt most comfortable at UCLA and it seemed like they really wanted me and that felt good."
Shaw had narrowed his choices to also include Boise State, USC and Washington State but he was never able to make it out to Boise or Pullman, essentially making this a battle between the L.A. schools. USC offered at their Rising Stars Camp and the Bruins offered a few days later at their Elite Camp.
Shaw's offers came despite limited playing time as a junior. Centennial had a loaded secondary that saw all four starters sign at the high Div-I level, three in the Pac-12 and one more to Boise State. Shaw showed well on film but really impressed this spring when schools saw him and worked him out in person.
He has an athletic 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame, is very fluid in his movement and clocked a 4.44 40 at the UCLA camp. He's a tough, physical player and comes from a great high school program that really preaches playing with an edge. The Huskies play an extremely tough non-league schedule this year so Shaw will be tested and have a chance to show he's among the top corners in the region.
The timing of the commit comes at a good time for the Bruins. It has been a rough off-season with six players decommitting before August arrived. There was very little buzz going on in Westwood but the commitment of Shaw is UCLA's second of the day following the commitment earlier from Texas safety Chris Wilson.
"I'm very excited to be a Bruin and have this process over before my season," Shaw said. "That was always my plan, to make a summer commitment so I can focus on school and football. I didn't want to rush anything after I got the offers, I took the last month to think things over and I feel really good about my decision."