Michael Shaw, the 6-foot, 187-pound three-star running back from Trotwood-Madison, Ohio, now has 24 scholarship offers and has narrowed his list to seven schools.
Shaw, ranked No. 50 in the Midwest by Scout.com, denies a leader, but favors Tennessee, Penn State, Michigan, Iowa, Maryland, Clemson and Nebraska. All of his favorites have offered as well as Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois and several others.
"I want to play for a team with good fan support," Shaw said. "I'd also like to play early and be able to fight for a spot, so the depth chart will be a factor. I don't care too much about distance or anything like that."
Shaw doesn't plan to attend any camps this summer, but he will be taking a lot of unofficial visits. "This summer I plan to visit all my top schools, plus West Virginia," he said. "I probably won't make a decision until after I take a few visits and really get comfortable with the schools."
The two programs that Shaw has already had chance to visit in person are Tennessee and Michigan.
"I had a track meet at Tennessee a little while ago and it was really nice there," Shaw said. "They have a great track program too and are recruiting me for both sports. Also, they run a balanced offense and have produced a lot of good running backs that did well in the NFL.
"Iowa has a good offense too and I like how they use their backs," he said. "I also like their coaches a lot and I think they are getting better and better."
Shaw recently took an unofficial visit to Michigan. "It was amazing," Shaw exclaimed. "They are doing a great job with their program. They are always a winning team. Everyone there loves the team and there's a lot of team spirit. They don't have any pro teams there, so Michigan football is pretty much the marquee attraction."
Shaw says he's very big on tradition and that's why Nebraska is on his short list of favorites. "Nebraska is just one of those schools that have that name," he said. "You know when you hear Nebraska football that means something special."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1550 SAT.