Joshua Shaw, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound three-star cornerback from Palmdale, Calif., has scholarship offers from all over the country but the two local schools – USC and UCLA, have not offered.
He admits he grew up following the Trojans and Bruins. "They are close," Shaw said. "I would watch them all the time."
Shaw plans on attending the UCLA camp on June 6 and will also be at the USC Rising Stars camp this summer.
"They both are recruiting me, but haven't offered yet," he said. "That's why they aren't in my top five right now. If they offer, they'll definitely be up there too."
Shaw, ranked as the No. 19 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, now favors Notre Dame slightly over Tennessee, Washington, Oklahoma and Nebraska. All of his favorites have offered as well as Colorado, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State, Utah and San Diego State.
"Notre Dame was another one of those dream schools for me," Shaw said. "It's an amazing place."
Shaw attended the Irish home opener against San Diego State last season and admits he was blown away. "I fell in love with it," he said.
"It was something special," he said of the Irish. "People up there really love their football. I'd been to plenty of games before but this was different from anything I'd seen before. I love their tradition."
He says he also likes the Irish (special teams coordinator) coach Brian Polian. "He's just really straight forward," he said.
The only other school from his top five that he's already visited is Washington. Shaw attended the Huskies spring game. "They're recruiting me the most," he said. "They stay in contact with me and it's the whole coaching staff – not just one coach.
"I'm probably the closest with their staff right now," he said. "They already feel kind of like family. They have a young staff and it's easy to get along with them. They're really cool and they said they like me on both sides of the ball."
Another program whose coaches have made a great impression on Shaw is Tennessee. "The coaches are it," he said. "They're really the reason why I'm liking them. They've put together one of the best staffs in football.
"Coach Monte Kiffin is great," he said. "What he did at Tampa Bay was amazing. He's like a football god.
"Plus, they are recruiting great and I'm sure they'll have one of the best classes next year," he said.
Shaw is also being heavily pursued by two of the Big 12's best – Oklahoma and Nebraska. "I love how Oklahoma always plays in the big BCS games," he said.
"I really like their coaches too," he said. "I love (defensive backs) coach Bobby Jack Wright. His personality is just so different. He's very humorous.
"I also like how the staff has been together for a while," Shaw said. "They are a pretty stable program.
"Nebraska seems to be doing great," he said. "They're on the rise. I love how there are no pro teams there. It's all about college football."
Shaw says he plans on making a commitment in November. "I'll be graduating in December, so I'll need to decide early," he said.
"I'd like to make sure I fit in and go where I'll be able to play early," he said. "The depth chart will be the biggest factor I think."
Shaw finished his junior season with 27 receptions for 443 yards. He also had 5 carries for 133 yards. He totaled 10 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 40 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and four interceptions.
He reports a 330 bench press, 405 squat and 36" vertical jump.
"I have good size and speed," he said. "I'm pretty big and can take on the receivers. I'm also very physical, but want to work on getting out of my breaks better. I work a lot on my footwork doing drills."
Shaw was also in attendance at the Scout.com combine in Los Angeles on May 30. "It was really, really cold," he said. "But it turned out well. It was cool.
"I didn't do any of the testing," he said.
"Some of the other corners that really looked good were Troy Hill, Shaq Richardson, Demetrius Wright and Charles Garrett," he said. "The receivers were good too. Guys like Kenny Stills, Kenneth Scott and Paul Richardson all stood out."
Shaw plans on majoring in criminal justice and reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1180 SAT.