Spokane's Shaw letting recruiting play out

ONE OF THE recurring questions yet to be answered for followers of in-state recruiting is where Spokane's Alex Shaw will sign. The lauded LB prospect has become a fan favorite, and helped lead Lewis & Clark to the state 4A title. Although he rushed for 1,655 hashes in '07, he'll almost assuredly play linebacker at the next level. But where do things stand in his Cougar and Pac-10 recruitment?

There was some thinking among the Cougar fans on the eastern side of the state that with Shaw playing in the shadow of Eastern Washington in Cheney, new WSU head man Paul Wulff and crew might make a move toward the 6-2, 220 pounder.

And they still might -- the new Washington State staff has only been in place for just over a week, have two more assistant coaching positions to fill, and they had only a few days to hit the recruiting trail before the dead period commenced. But as of now, said Shaw, WSU has not been in recent contact.

"I have not heard from them. I heard from coach (Jody Sears) while he was at Eastern but since he transferred out to WSU I have not heard anything from them. They were really interested (at Eastern) but they thought I would go Pac-10, so they understood if I wasn't too interested in going to Eastern at that time."

Shaw, however, has not yet landed a Pac-10 offer. He has seen some recent interest from Stanford and Washington.

Shaw does have an offer from Idaho State and just recently picked one up from Montana.

"U-dub came by and he (Randy Hart) said they were pretty interested, they were just trying to find a spot for me to play down there," said Shaw.

"Stanford has said they were pretty interested, too...I got a phone call from them last Saturday telling me how they were really interested and that they kind of found me late. They want to get some more film down there and then if they do decide (to offer) they'll probably jump on it pretty quick," said Shaw.

Shaw said he was quite pleased to get the offer from the Grizzlies but also that he was in no hurry to make a decision.

"It's a great program. And I definitely would love to go play linebacker there. I'm just trying to see what else is out there before I make my commitment," said Shaw.

Shaw was named the Associated Press Class 4A all-state co-player of the year, and was named to the AP all-state first team on both sides of the ball. He also earned first-team all-GSL honors on both defense and offense this season. He was recently named the Seattle Times 4A player of the year and was also a first team member of the Times All-State Team on defense.

An excellent student, Shaw holds a 3.7 GPA with in coursework that has included nine AP courses and scored a 1650 on the SAT.

Alex Shaw profile and video

Alex's brother, Carl Shaw walked on at Washington State and played the 2004 season with the Cougs. Another brother, Josh, plays for Idaho.

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