2015 Intro: Bradrick Shaw

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Hoover (AL) High running back Bradrick Shaw.

Commitment Date: 1/24/15

Accolades: Bradrick Shaw attended Hoover High School … ranked as the No. 5 running back in Alabama, No. 25 in the South and No. 65 in the country by Scout.com … named second-team all-state by Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior … helped Hoover win Alabama Class 7A state title for its third-straight state championship … rushed for 1,255 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 6.8 yards per carry … rushed for 220 yards and three TDs on just seven carries in game vs. Tuscaloosa County … ran for 101 yards and two TDs in Class 7A state championship game.

Recruiting Competition: Shaw committed to Wisconsin over offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, among others.

Why Wisconsin? “They’re a great, great team. They’ve got a great offense, great running backs. They have an unstoppable run game, and that’s what I saw (on my official visit) … It’s a great school, I like the tradition; I could see myself there playing behind these great offensive linemen. It’s a good fit for me and I really enjoyed it there.”

Scouting Report: There have been a lot of growth and additions to Shaw’s skill set over the last three years. At the foundation, he is as durable a runner as the state has to offer, reliable in short yardage, as a blocker and out of the backfield as a receiver. His high school attack thrived on his work-horse mentality, and it helped Hoover to three straight state titles in Alabama's highest classification to close out his career. The Bucs leaned on him within their one-cut scheme, even with the defense focused on slowing him down.

Shaw can gash between the tackles, run with power and has enough finesse in the open field to make people miss. He's not going to be a consistent home-run threat at the next level, though he was seldom caught from behind during his prep days.

In the last year, Shaw not only seemingly added speed to his repertoire, but his playmaking in space became more consistent, capped by arguably his best performance in the Class 7A state title game. It wasn't because of the numbers, though it was another 100-yard game, as much as it was how they were produced. Shaw looked as good in the open field as he ever had, capping the performance with a 20-yard jolt in which he flashed another gear perhaps for the first time in his career.

BadgerNation Prediction: Wisconsin is getting the most reliable and durable back in Alabama, someone who has done it at the highest level for three straight seasons in one of the more college-ready programs in the country. Perhaps his coach, Josh Niblett, put it best after their latest state title game triumph: "We leaned on Bradrick for three years; he never fumbled once.”

A more pro-typical back from a size standpoint, Shaw is a no-nonsense, one-cut, downhill runner who adds some versatility to Wisconsin’s offense. He’s a guy that Wisconsin can certainly can find a role for, potentially as early as this season.

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