Shaw waiting to hear from 'U'

Palmdale (Calif.) cornerback Joshua Shaw, an Under Armour All-American, has a number of schools interested in his services.

But there's one school he has yet to hear from.

"I definitely want to hear from Miami," Shaw said. "I haven't heard from them, but I wish I was."

Shaw, a 6-foot-2, 181-pound physical specimen with 4.46 speed in the 40, who scored 10 touchdowns on offense last season and recorded four interceptions, is very high on the Hurricanes.

"It's the 'U'," Shaw said. "There are so many great players that have came through there. Even me being a Cali boy, a lot of us growing up here rooting for Miami just because of the great legends they have."

Shaw, who says Ray Lewis is his favorite player because of the "love and passion" he plays with, has been watching the Hurricanes, who are ranked No. 11 in the latest AP Poll, throughout the season.

"Things are totally different than last season," he said. "They are doing pretty good this season."

Shaw has already taken two official trips to Ohio State (9/11) and Florida (9/18) and has set up three other official visits to LSU (10/9), Notre Dame (10/16), and Oklahoma (11/13).

"This weekend I'll be at LSU and I've set up Notre Dame for the weekend after when they play USC and then Oklahoma when they play Texas A&M," Shaw said.

Although he has set up visits, he says he would be open to hearing from the UM coaches and would definitely consider the Hurricanes.

"It pretty much depends on how much they want me and need me," Shaw said. "If they do that, then I'm pretty sure that I'll be considering them very strongly."

USC and UCLA are two local schools that have offered Shaw, but he is not interested in staying close to home.

"My goal was always to leave the state and that's something I'm still pretty high on, nothing has changed that," he said.

Shaw describes himself as a person that "is not the party-type of guy. I'm a good kid, I'm not perfect or anything, but I don't get in trouble or nothing like that. I'm a responsible young adult."

He says he will graduate from high school a semester early and be done on December 18 and is going to make his announcement on Christmas Day.

"It's real important (to graduate early) because more and more now-a-days these guys do that to get ahead on classes and also another important part is to get ahead of the other freshman that are coming in to give the coaches a better chance to see you compete," Shaw said.

Another reason to graduate early is because he wants to play immediately.

"Exactly, I'm looking to play right away," said Shaw, who wants to study criminal justice.

Palmdale is 2-2 this season, which is not what Shaw and his teammates had in mind.

"The season is going alright, I guess. We didn't start off the way we wanted," Shaw said. "We had very high expectations. Our goal wasn't to be undefeated or anything like that, but to get to the promise land."

Shaw has made a smooth transition to quarterback from wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball while still playing cornerback on defense.

"I am actually doing pretty well (at quarterback)," Shaw said. "My sophomore year I played a little quarterback and really my whole life I've played quarterback except last year."

In the offseason, Shaw worked hard to refine his cornerback skills.

"I know I have a lot of physical abilities, but there is a lot more to it than just coming out and playing cornerback," he said. "This off-season I worked out with a group of people who run a camp and that helped my game so much. I feel like they elevated my game so much. I feel I am at the top of the level from high school stuff."

One of the camps Shaw attended was the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 event in Orlando as a number of top players around the country were in attendance.

"That was great to have top level talent there like that because sometimes you go to camps and there are kids really not on your level," Shaw said. "A lot of the top guys around the country came in so that was great."

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