Three-star running back Curtis Shaw (5-11, 190, 4.5), from Stockton Lincoln (Calif.), said he favors Washington and Michigan slightly over Oregon, Fresno State, California and Nebraska. All of his favorites have offered and he says he has around 25 total offers.
Shaw had his first in-home visit yesterday (November 29) with Washington offensive line coach Mike Denbrock. Scout.com ranks Shaw as the 40th best running back in the country.
"He talked a lot about their environment and that he thinks I'd love the area," Shaw said. "He also kind of told me what I can expect from my official visit next week (December 8).
"We also discussed their season," Shaw said. "He said they are still really young and that they should be competing for the Pac-10 title in the next two years. They have a lot of good skill players and with more experience they'll be great."
Shaw said that he has an in-home visit with Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell scheduled for next week.
His only other scheduled official visit is on January 26 to Fresno State.
"I'd like to go to a school that has pretty good academic support and where I'll be able to play somewhat early," Shaw said. "My dad takes care of most of my recruiting stuff and checks my letters and stuff and he has said that Washington seems to be recruiting the most. I'm still really open, but my top two are probably Washington and Michigan."
Not only does Shaw have the Wolverines in his top two, but thinks that they should be playing in the national championship game against Ohio State. "I think it would be great to have a rematch," Shaw said. "It would be a fun game. Michigan has a great team and some of the best coaches. I'd love to see them play again."
One school that is new to Shaw's favorites is Nebraska but he feels his Husker knowledge is very limited. "I don't really know much about them," Shaw said. "I've never even seen them play, but I really like their coach (Bill Callahan). The Raiders are my favorite NFL team and he used to coach them."
Shaw finished his senior season (9-4) with 167 carries for 1733 yards and 26 touchdowns.
He reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 66 ACT and 750 SAT. Shaw is retaking the SAT on December 2. "I'll be able to pass it in time," Shaw said. "I have a tutor now and I'm going to take it again next year too."