Profile: Jaylan Shaw
Location: Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Weight: 170 pounds
Recruiting: Shaw played in a backup role as a junior and, as a result, his recruitment was a little slow to get started. Once schools were able to come out and see him in the spring and summer, his stock rose quickly. He reeled in double digit offers but narrowed his choices to Boise State, UCLA, USC and Washington State. He never visited Boise or Pullman, which essentially made it a battle between the two L.A schools. Shaw camped with both schools in June, landing offers from each, but said at the time, he was leaning more to UCLA. The corner wanted to make a summer decision and after giving himself a month to think things over, Shaw committed to the staff on an unofficial visit to campus Tuesday and went public with his decision on Wednesday.
What to Like: Shaw has a ton of upside and, watching him play, it's amazing he wasn't able to crack the starting lineup at Centennial, although the Huskies had four high Div I DBs in their secondary. Shaw has good size, an athletic body and can run. He clocked a 4.44-40 at UCLA's summer camp, shows good short-area quickness and is an aggressive player who plays with a nice edge to him. He plays with confidence and, with his toughness and physicality, we envision he'll be strong in run support as well as pass coverage.
Areas to improve: The only thing Shaw really lacks right now is experience. He did play quality minutes in his backup role and looked very good on film. This year, he'll be the man in the secondary for one of the nation's top teams. Centennial plays a very tough schedule so Shaw will be tested often. It will be fun to see how he handles the challenges and how he steps up his game.
Overall Analysis: UCLA has a chance to put together a very strong DB class this year and Shaw should fit in very nicely with that group. He has a ton of natural talent and we really like his size/athleticism combination. He plays hard and is not even close to reaching his full potential. We think his upside is much higher than his current ranking and, if he plays as expected this fall, he won't be under-rated for long. The timing of his commitment is also a nice plus here as UCLA was coming off of a string of decommitments and needed some positive buzz and momentum heading in to the fall.