Fort Collins Native Picks Wyoming Over Rams

Trevor Shaw didn't get to see the Cowboys at their best this year—not during his official visit or when the Pokes came down to his hometown of Colorado State. In the end, it didn't seem to matter. The big senior became Wyoming's most recent commit when he gave the Cowboys a verbal this Sunday.

Colorado State may have ended the Cowboys' hopes of becoming bowl eligible, but Wyoming found a bit of redemption during the early weeks of recruiting.

Both teams made postseason coaching changes, but for Trevor Shaw, the firing of CSU head coach Sonny Lubick was a bit less appealing than the loss of Wyoming offensive coordinator Bill Cockhill. The Cowboys responded by heading south and stealing the Fort Collins native out from under the Rams' noses.

Shaw, a senior at Poudre High School, committed to Wyoming this past Sunday.

"I saw them a lot," he said of the Cowboys. "I liked their coaches and football program up there, and then definitely when Sonny Lubick got fired, that had a major part in not coming to CSU."

The Rams and Cowboys were the only two teams to offer the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive star, but Shaw was also getting recruited by Washington State. Neither UW or CSU had a stellar season, and despite the Pokes' 38-26 loss to the Rams in Fort Collins this season, Shaw saw the Cowboys as the better choice.

"They're a good football team, and I think they should have been better than they were this year," he said of UW. "I just think…they have a good football program up there. I think Joe Glenn will probably take care of it next year."

Shaw visited Laramie during BYU's 25-point drubbing of the Cowboys just one week before their season-ending loss to CSU. But for the most part, his true impressions of the school's football program were gained in other venues.

"I've seen them a lot in my past years because I used to live up in Laramie," he said.

He also made a trip to the Cowboy State this summer to attend UW's team camp, where coaches would eventually offer him a scholarship.

"They liked how I ran and my aggressiveness and all that, and just how I played," he said. "They said I was a good natural football player."

Coaches told Shaw that he will play either linebacker or defensive end at the next level--two positions at which Wyoming has an abundance of talent."

"I think that would be fun just to play on that defense now," he said of the Pokes' better half, a unit that was ranked sixth in the nation at one point in 2007. "Just to go out there and contribute and all that, I don't know, I'm just looking forward to it."

Shaw played defensive end for Poudre this year and finished the season with 85 tackles and 10 sacks."

"I made All-State and All-Conference," he said.

He isn't likely to have many problems adjusting to Wyoming's defensive schemes. Poudre switched to a 3-4 defense in 2007 after playing in a 4-3 lineup the year before, and Shaw, who moved to a strong side linebacker spot, had no complaints.

"It was pretty big," he said. "I liked it coming off the end and being able to rush and just get around the field and make tackles.

"Last year, I played middle linebacker and that had been my favorite position, but then I had to move to D-end in the 4-3, and I didn't really like that. But the 3-4, I liked that a lot better."

Shaw reports a forty time of 4.7 seconds, though he ran that this summer and said it could be faster now.

"I put on some weight, too," he said, "so I don't know. It might be the same."

He said his strength is being able to see the whole field while "going to the ball and making the tackle," but he does want to get faster before transitioning to the Division I level.

Poudre finished the season with a 6-4 record and lost in the first round of the state playoffs.

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