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Four-star has busy weekend

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Two weeks ago four-star cornerback Joshua Shaw (6-1, 195, 4.5) from Palmdale, Calif., had over 400 total offensive yards against Newhall (Calif.) Hart. Shaw's offensive numbers are pretty impressive, but when you take into account that he will be playing cornerback on the D-I level then you get a pretty good idea of his all-around athletic ability.
Shaw passed for over 200 yards, rushed the ball for 103 and he a 90-yard plus kickoff return to the house. Defensively the opposition is avoiding Shaw's side of the field like a bad cold.
"I've been kind of frustrated, to tell you the truth, this whole season," Shaw said about his lack of opportunities on the defensive side of the ball. "It is good to be well respected and guys know who I am, but honestly, they (opposing teams) just aren't testing me."
The week following against Valencia, Calif., Shaw rushed for 85 more yards and 215 yards passing, but on the defensive side of the ball once again, he was not challenged and that is saying something because Valencia has D-I receiving talent.
"Valencia threw to my side once on an out route and I knocked the ball out of his hands," Shaw said. "I was in man coverage and that was it. That was the only time all night."
On the recruiting front, Shaw has taken two visits one to Ohio State and the other to Florida.
"I went to Ohio State when they played USC," Shaw said. "The experience was great for my family and I when we went up there. The atmosphere out there is totally different than out here. The people were one of the biggest things that stood out. It was my second time being out there. Even the first time I was out there random people knew who I was and knew things about me. That just tells you serious they are about their football.
"The game atmosphere itself was, I don't if there is anything else like it. I know other places have good atmospheres, but this place was unbelievable. Talking to Coach Jim Tressel and the other coaches, I feel pretty comfortable there."
As much as Shaw enjoyed his Ohio State visit, he showed the same discipline that he does on the football field and did not commit.
"No, I wasn't temped to commit," Shaw said. "I know I'm going to take all my visits before I make my decision."
How did Shaw enjoy visit number two?
"Florida," Shaw said. "It's the swamp. It's the No. 1 team in the nation. So just that alone is great. Just being a part of that was another good experience for my family and I.
"What really made it special was Coach Urban Meyer. He is such a good guy. He wants to be a winner so bad and another good thing about him is ever since they offered me, he has been the one recruiting me. I know for a fact that I am priority for them.
Shaw had a very busy weekend. He took in USC's game against Washington State on Saturday and took an unofficial visit to UCLA on Sunday.
"I liked going to USC's game," Shaw said. "Coming from Ohio State and Florida, there is nothing like those two places, but the Coliseum is still pretty nice.
"What I really like about USC is their coaching staff. They are just like the other staffs that I am interested in. When you go to USC, your mind is set on being a winner."
On Sunday, Shaw and his parents took an unofficial visit to UCLA.
"We had never, ever seen anything outside the football office at UCLA," Shaw said. "Coach Rick Neuheisel took us on a personal tour throughout the whole campus and seeing everything like that.
"We were able to get a chance to see the facilities. Let me tell you, I was pretty shocked. UCLA is a pretty unbelievable place.
"UCLA is big time back in the running. "I'm glad we experienced that today (Sunday September 27th). It was great."
Shaw will continue to visit both UCLA and USC on an unofficially. The talented corner has three very impressive visits set.
Shaw will visit Notre Dame on October 17th when the Fighting Irish will hook up against USC. On November 14th, Shaw will visit Oklahoma when they play Texas A&M and his last visit will be to Michigan on November 21st when the Wolverines will host Ohio State.
The talented cornerback will be making his announcement on Christmas Day so one school and their fan base will have a very Merry Christmas.
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