Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central defensive lineman Rashawn Shaw took a weekend visit to Louisville and committed to the Cardinals before returning home to talk to his parents.
Shaw's father, Mike, spoke to Rivals.com about his decision and his son's future plans for recruiting.
"Rashawn loved it up there" stated Mr. Shaw. "He felt a connection and knew it was the place for him. He is a homely kid, so his mom and I weren't sure if he would leave the area. But we spoke while he was up there and we supported his decision."
"One thing that stood was the amount of Florida players on the roster. That really jumped out at him," said the elder Shaw. "Plus his relationship with Coach [Ron] Dugans and Coach [Tommy] Restivo really helped him make his choice."
At one point as earlier noted it appeared he was set to stay in-state.
Last spring he took visits to Florida State, Miami, and USF. If Coach [Skip] Holtz was still in Tampa, the three-star prospect may have ended up a Bull according to Mr. Shaw.
Even though he has verbally committed his summer plans aren't slowing down. Today he is at UCF for a team camp. He has plans to check out Arkansas on July 18.
Michigan State, N.C. State, USF, and Wake Forest will likely get visits either unofficially or officially.
His dad gave him some advice about the Cardinals program and what they have to offer.
"I told him playing for a defensive-minded coach can't hurt when you a defensive prospect. We like Coach [Charlie] Strong a lot," noted Mr. Shaw. "Louisville recruited him hard and showed a personal touch. It was always hand-written notes. They even checked in with our family Mother's Day weekend. It's not like that at other schools."
As a junior Shaw registered 86 tackles and fourteen sacks en route to All-District honors. In the last two seasons he has tallied close to thirty sacks from his defensive end spot.
If you are scoring at home Louisville now has nine players out of their seventeen verbal pledges from the Sunshine State for the Class of 2014.