Three-star cornerback Joshua Shaw (6-1.5, 195, 4.46) from Palmdale, Calif., has taken on all challenges this spring and summer. He was asked to attend camps, so teams could eyeball him and see his skills in action. Not once did Shaw disappoint. Since spring this talented football player has seen his offers rise from a handful to his current 24. His most recent came yesterday from a SEC powerhouse.
"I just received an offer from LSU," Shaw said. "I received it earlier today (July 14th), probably around 3:00 o'clock (PM PST).
"It made me feel really good," Shaw said. "Actually my mom was born and raised just outside of Baton Rouge, in a town called Ruston. She knows a lot about LSU, so we are very, very high on LSU.
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"My mom is big time excited about this offer," Shaw said. "She has been waiting on this one for awhile.
"I hadn't heard anything from LSU for awhile and I got in touch with Coach Crowton (LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton)," Shaw said. "He asked me for my film and told me he wanted the DB coach (Ron Cooper) to see my film and that he would get back to me."
Even if Shaw was like most high school seniors, graduating in June of 2010, he would still be one of the most sought after defensive backs in the country, but that he has a great chance to finish high school in December, makes him an even more attractive recruit.
"I'm still on track to graduate in December, so I have to take all my trips this fall," Shaw said. "With this LSU offer, when I talk to them again tonight, I'm going to try and schedule a visit when they play Florida (October 10th) at home. That's going to be exciting.
"My other two trips that I have set are to Notre Dame (October 17th) and Ohio State (September 12th), when both teams play USC," Shaw said. "I'm thinking that I will visit Oklahoma, but we're not sure what game yet.
"We're trying to figure out when the times come out for the Oklahoma games," Shaw said. "They want to get me out there for a night game. They think that would be pretty cool.
"So we have Oklahoma for fourth and I will have one more," Shaw said. "I will have to decide on that one. Right now, Tennessee is in line for the last one."
You might be wondering why there are no west coast schools that are on his official visit list, but there is a reason for that.
"For west coast teams," Shaw said. "I'm going to visit those schools unofficially."
Who out of the western schools, lead and are competing with the out-of-state schools?
"USC is the leading school on the west coast right now," Shaw said. "USC and UCLA, but USC has the edge.
"UCLA is still big time in the hunt," Shaw said. "I am very, very high on UCLA. It is the school that my parents like and UCLA has actually been one of their favorite schools growing up, too, UCLA and USC.
"It really exciting," Shaw said. "We debate a lot around here.
"My life is going pretty good," Shaw said. "It is a privilege. There are a lot of athletes out here that wish they can have one offer and now I am at 23 or 24. It is just a blessing from God and I try to thank God as much as possible, because without God this would not be possible."
Shaw earned all-CIF as a wide receiver, all-Los Angeles County as a defensive back and all-league as a wide receiver as a junior.
On the offensive side of the ball, Shaw hauled in 27 receptions for 443 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had five carries for 133 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, he racked up 40 solo tackles and had four picks.
Look for Shaw's stock to rise when the new Rivals.com rankings come out.