Three-star, two-way standout, Joshua Shaw (6-1.5, 180, 4.46) from Palmdale, Calif., turned in a stellar performance at the recently held NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto on Sunday. He took on every challenge including four-star wide receiver and Texas commit, Ross Apo from Arlington (Texas) The Oakridge School. The talented Longhorn bound wide receiver had high praise for Shaw.
"Ross told me after the camp that I was the best defensive back, he ever went up against," Shaw said. "That made me feel really good. He's a Texas Longhorn commit. I'm always up for the challenge and look forward guarding the best."
The word about Shaw's ability is spreading across the land like a California wildfire. He currently has offers on the table from Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Utah, Utah State, Boise State and Iowa State.
That's not all folks, he has pending offers or is getting close to getting offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.
"Notre Dame is coming by the school on Wednesday," Shaw said. "I'm hoping that will be the day that I get my offer."
"Today (Monday May 18th) (USC tight end coach/recruiting coordinator) Brennan Carroll and I were emailing each other and he told me to call him," Shaw said. "He said an offer will be done after I show up to the Rising Stars Camp. USC just wants to see me in person and show out."
"I have talked to Coach (UCLA defensive coordinator) Chuck Bullough and (cornerbacks) Coach Carnell Lake," Shaw said. "They said pretty much the same thing that USC did. I'm going to UCLA's camp on June 6th and I think I'll be walking home with an offer."
"Georgia is close to offering too," Shaw said. "Their recruiting coach was going to come by the school today (Monday May 18th), but he had to rush home."
"I think I have to make my decision by December or even November because I'm planning on graduating in December so I will be able to play spring ball," Shaw said. "My top seven schools at this time are Notre Dame, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Georgia, USC and UCLA."
What is Shaw looking for in a college?
"First and foremost is always academics," Shaw said. "I want to major in criminal justice, believe it or not some schools don't have that major and that will be a serious consideration."
"Then the reason that I am graduating in December is so I can participate in spring ball," Shaw said. "I want to play as a true freshman."
Shaw earned all-CIF as a wide receiver, all-Los Angeles County as a defensive back and all-league as a wide receiver his junior season.
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.
Shaw is a very impressive young man who has excellent leadership qualities. He leads by example on and off the field.
In the weight room, Shaw's current bench is 330, he squats 330 and power cleans 245. He has recorded a 36-inch vertical.
Shaw is just as good in the classroom and is already qualified with his 3.1 GPA and 1180 SAT.