'Little' Shaw a big-time prospect

<b>JOSH SHAW</b>, the super-talented defensive end/linebacker/tight end from Spokane's Lewis & Clark High, is hearing from a number of Pac-10 schools but says that he and older brother Carl -- a standout defensive back/receiver who looks like he'll walk on at WSU this fall -- haven't talked about where the "little" guy, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 240, will play come 2005.

"We haven't really talked about going to the same school," Josh told TheInsiders.com Sunday night. The younger Shaw would like to be more active with the recruiting process right now, but hasn't been able to put time together because he's in the midst of track season.

"I run the 100, 200 and also do the shot and discus," he said. His personal best in the 100 is 11.2. In the 200, it's 23.6 second. In the discus, 48-feet, 6-inches, in the shot 136 feet. He benches 185 pounds 30 times, and has a 30-inch vertical jump. "My last 40 time was 4.6, but that was a while ago."

The all-GSL defensive performer played at DE last season, but he's going to try his hand at linebacker. "I'm a real good runner and am quick for my size," said Shaw. "And I hit hard too."

He's being recruited as an athlete, but would like to play defense in college. Interest is coming from Washington State, Arizona and Oregon, and Josh has a sincere interest in Oregon. He has no offers, either written or verbal, to date.

"They just stand out," he said when asked about his fondness for Oregon. "They have a good program." He's going to try and attend the Oregon Nike camp like his brother did a year ago.

Brother Carl came into the 2003 football campaign drawing looks from Pac-10 and Mountain West schools, but an injury foiled his 40 time at that Nike combine and his work on the field, while good, didn't meet the breakout expectations some had forecast. GSL observers say his body, athleticism and competitiveness are reminiscent of former Cougar grab-master Mike Bush. The only difference is that Shaw is a tad faster and Bush a bit taller. Shaw, like Bush, is also a standout basketball player with the vertical skills to do a one-step jam. Shaw's dad was a hooper once-upon-a-time at Eastern Washington.

Two other LC Tigers, lineman Nick Cantlon (6-5, 270) and kicker C.J. Moe are believed to be seriously interested in walking on at WSU this fall.

Lewis and Clark has an illustrious history of sending prime talent to Pullman. Among them: Safety Erik Coleman, drafted last month by the New York Jets; offensive lineman Dan Lynch, a 1984 first-team All-American; defensive back Bill Gaskins, 1965 second-team All-American; receiver Gail Cogdill, 1960 NFL rookie of the year; 1950s triple-threat and Philadelphia Eagle Bud Roffler; 1930s all-world linemen Harold Ahlskog and John Bley; and 1920s All-Coast triple-threat quarterback Butch Meeker, whom the WSU mascot is named after.

Josh Shaw profile. Carl Shaw profile.

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