JR QB Prospect Derek Shaw

One of Southern California's top quarterbacks is Oceanside (Calif.) Derek Shaw, who's grandfather is a former Pac-10 head coach and player, who knows a thing or two about quarterbacks.

The bloodlines that Oceanside (Calif.) QB Derek Shaw, 6-3, 205, have are emphasized by his knowledge of the game. That could pay huge dividends down the road for one of Southern California's top signal-callers.

The starter for Oceanside's program is getting plenty of attention around the country, including by a quartet from the Pac-10.

The grandson of former Oregon head coach Dick Enright, Shaw has been around the game his entire life and his grandfather's extensive history with some of the top quarterbacks around have contributed to his growth on the football field.

"Derek is one of the smartest quarterbacks I have ever seen. Of course, I am biased a bit being his grandpa, but I have coached some of the best quarterbacks in college and in high school, and he is up there with them," said Enright, who coached Dan Fouts at Oregon and Todd Marinovich at Capistrano Valley, as well as in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

Early on in the process, Shaw is hearing from Oregon State and Oregon, where he visited in March, as well as Arizona, USC, Washington and Purdue. In addition, UCLA has sent some letters, and Enright said he and Shaw planned to catch some of the Bruins' spring practices. He was invited to UCLA's Junior Day, but won't be attending, taking an unofficial trip to Arizona, who has offered.

"I'd like to take him up there, and see what is going on at UCLA," said Enright. "I coached Ed Kezerian in the World League, and he has seen some film on Derek and really like it."

As a junior, Shaw threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns, in leading Oceanside to the CIF-San Diego Semifinals.

Interestingly, San Diego State being down the road has shown little interest in Shaw. However, Shaw is looking to the Pac-10 as it stands.

"He really liked his trips to Oregon and Oregon State," said his mother Janie. "Coach Riley (Oregon State) was real good with him, and the facilities at Oregon were amazing. Plus, with my dad coaching there, Oregon was a fun trip."

With no clear-cut favorite, Shaw plans to use the summer to begin narrowing down his choices and ultimately deciding down the road. Camps are on the docket for him.

"He'll be going to the Nike Camp, the USC and Arizona Camp, work with Bob Johnson and at the Steve Calhoun QB Camp," said Janie Shaw. "He's worked really hard to get to this point so its great to see it pay off."


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