For his part, Shanahan hasn't thought a great deal about that circumstance, as he has a bigger decision in front of him. Which sport will he play in college?
"I think I will have to pick, because I don't think I can play both," Shanahan told BlueGoldNews.com "I will probably pick at the end of the summer. It will be a tough call, because I've played both football and basketball for a long time, and I love them both. I'm not leaning either way just yet. I will consider which one I think I have the chance to be better at, but in the end I have to follow my heart."
In the meantime, recruiters from both sports will certainly be working on Shanahan to pick their side of the house. Football coaches will likely point out that there are thousands of 6-5 basketball players, but not a great number of 6-5 wide receivers. Hoop coaches will point to his shooting ability and skill set that make him an outstanding swingman candidate who could fit several positions on the floor. Either way, the choice will be difficult.
On the football side, West Virginia hosted Shanahan for a visit on its junior day, which was the middle of three visits for the Pennsylvania native. He also attended the South Florida game last fall and a practice during the recently concluded spring session.
"I like the intensity of all the coaches, and he atmosphere of the college town," he said of his trips to WVU. "I like the fact that it's not a big city, that the school is a bigger part of the town.
"Coach Tony Gibson is my recruiting coach. He contacted me back in February right after he got the recruiting coordinator job. He talked to my coach and then I called him, and they offered me a scholarship. They are recruiting me as a wide receiver.
"I think my height and the fact that I am a physical receiver [are the things that attracted the offer]," Shanahan continued. "I have good hands, and I can out-physical people for the ball."
Shanahan has a few more chances to make catches than many high school receivers, as Norwin is very balanced between running and throwing the ball. However, he is not his team's only target.
"We have some other good receivers on the team," he said of Norwin's strength at wideout. "If they are doubling me, that's great for the other guys."
As Shanahan ponders his decision between the gridiron and hardwood, he will also take some camp trips and consider his opportunities in each sport. He is considering a trip to West Virginia for its one-day football camp, and has already visited Akron and Pitt. Additionally, he has interest from Penn State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Indiana, Northwestern and Toledo in football, and Duquesne, Ball State, Buffalo, and "most of the Patriot League" in basketball.
Shanahan, who currently stands 6-5 and weighs 200 pounds, would be an outside receiver at West Virginia. He had 35 catches for 695 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He has not heard from WVU in basketball since the coaching change.