According to Gary Ferman of CaneSport.com, Shaw has narrowed his interest list down to eight schools: Miami, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Texas. While Alabama and Georgia both seem to be in a good spot, Ferman reports that Shaw is planning on visiting Miami in the fall (as well as Texas):
Shaw says he's in regular contact with Miami coach Micheal Barrow and that "We have a great relationship. We always talk about me coming down there, how much I'll love Miami and stuff like that."
Shaw plans to announce a final decision at the Army All-American game, and asked just what kind of chance UM has with him, he said, "Well Miami's in the picture. All I have to do is get down there and see it, see how I feel about it. They've got a chance."
Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Auburn are garnering the most attention on Shaw's 247Sports interest list, but let's not sleep on Miami.
Al Golden and the Hurricanes have done a great job on the recruiting trail this cycle, and Miami should be back on the rise in the ACC. Golden's 2014 class is already pretty good, but the commitment of a recruit like Shaw would put it on a whole new level.
He has a good relationship with the staff, per Ferman's report, and one can only imagine that the atmosphere and weather down in south Florida would be appealing.
How does this impact specifically the likes of Georgia and Alabama? We'll throw Ole Miss into the equation as well, because Shaw has shown a ton of interest in the Rebels.
As far as Miami's inclusion in this race is concerned, the Hurricanes should be considered a player, but they shouldn't play a huge spoiler role for the rest of his interest list.
It's still safe to consider Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss the favorites for Shaw. FSU is an interesting consideration because of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's ability to recruit and the Seminoles' already strong class, and Texas is, well, Texas.
If I had to put a ranking on his interest list it would go like this:
Miami will be an interesting visit for the big defensive tackle without a doubt, but if you're a Georgia, Alabama or Ole Miss fan, I wouldn't worry too much about the Hurricanes.
The draw of playing in the SEC for a contender like Alabama or Georgia, or for a rising team in Ole Miss, should be too much to pass up on. Key word in that phrase: SEC.
Kudos to the job that Golden and his staff have been doing so far, but they don't appear to be in the position to out-recruit the mighty SEC on a consistent basis, just yet.
For the record, out of 17 experts in Shaw's 247Sports Crystal Ball, 53 percent project he'll end up at Ole Miss. A solid 41 percent predicted Georgia, and only six percent went with Alabama.