Palmdale Corner Has Options

Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Joshua Shaw wanted to commit early but now has numerous options and he's now planning to take his time and see some schools, including a trip to UCLA for practice...

Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Joshua Shaw is one of the bigger corners out West, and thanks to his size and skill set, numerous schools are keeping tabs on the 6-2, 195-pounder.

Five schools have offered Shaw, including three from the Pac-10, and more could be on the way.

"Iowa State, Oregon, Washington, San Diego State had offered and Washington State just offered me," said Shaw. "I think the next closest right now is Oregon State. And I just sent some film to Coach (Billy) Gonzales at Florida, Coach (Corwin) Brown at Notre Dame and I sent Cal some film. Coach (Chuck) Bullough from UCLA also invited me to practice on Thursday. And my coach gave my film to Coach (Ken) Norton at USC, so I should be hearing from them soon."

Shaw said for now, he's completely wide open, with the schools who've offered standing out for him, and the two Los Angeles schools also being seriously considered.

"Right now, my top schools are Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame, Cal, Florida, Iowa State and then USC and UCLA," said Shaw.

Shaw said he was planning on making an early commitment, but as more offers came in, he thought it best to take his time.

"It's been pretty unique. There was one school, if they were the first to offer me, I'd have committed on the spot, but now with other schools involved and how many offers that have rolled in, I'm going to be waiting for a while," said Shaw.

Shaw said Oregon was the one school he had hoped would offer him, and the Ducks are one of his primary choices. His father's favorite is UCLA while his mother is open and Iowa State and Oregon are making the biggest impression on her.

"My dad wants me to be a Bruin, that's his dream, but Oregon and Iowa State, my mom really likes and they're trying to win her over," said Shaw.

Shaw has the size to move to safety down the line, but he said most schools envision him locking down receivers.

"Thus far, since I've been talking to the schools, they've been telling me I'm the #1 corner they've seen, and that's where they are recruiting me," said Shaw. "And that's what I want to play. I played safety when I was younger, but I'm just a corner now. I know schools are always looking for the corners who can match up with the big time receivers."

Shaw had strong showing in Las Vegas at the Badger/Scout 7on7 tournament last month and he'll be back at the Combine next month as well as USC's Rising Stars Camp and the B2G Showcase.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and scored an 1180 on the SAT.

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