Shaw still weighing options
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Alex Shaw (
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 29, 2008

SPOKANE - You would think Alex Shaw deserves a better fate. All the 6-foot-2, 218-pound running back/linebacker prospect from Lewis and Clark High in Spokane did was earn 4A State co-Player of the Year honors and run for 176 yards on 39 carries, leading the Tigers to the 4A State crown over Bothell. He was a force on both sides of the ball. And for all that, he received one Division 1-AA offer.

Shaw visited Montana two weekends ago, and it was a good visit. "I didn't commit, so they put a hold on the scholarship they offered," Shaw told Tuesday. "It was a great visit, but I'm still evaluating my options, seeing if anyone else is going to show any more interest before Signing Day."

So what if the Griz come back with that offer right before Signing Day? "I don't know," he said. "Some money is better than no money. But I don't know what I'm going to do. I need to sit down and have a talk with my father. I'm just working it out as I go.

"At this time, no one is offering me, so I might have to walk on. U-Dub (Washington) and WSU (Washington State) have talked to me about walking on. Both are really nice, and walking on is something I could see as an option - but I figure if I walk on I'm going to walk on to an out-of-state school. Maybe not as a recruited walk-on, but I think I could walk on there and earn a spot."

Shaw has an out-of-state school in mind too - Oregon. "I might go down there and try and earn a spot, but I don't know right now," he said. "They have a really good program and the linebackers coach down there (Don Pellum). He's a superb man."

"I'm still just kind of looking around."

According to Shaw, neither the Huskies nor Cougars have set a specific date that they would want to know by in terms of his walk on status. If he did find himself in the best-case situation of walking on in-state, does one school have an advantage?

"I think Washington would have a definite advantage over Washington State because their schooling is more in-the-know," Shaw said. "In my opinion I think Washington may be better than WSU in that area, and when I go to college I want the full package, and that means education as well."

Alex is also taking advice from older brothers Carl (Washington State) and Josh (Idaho). "They told me that some money is better than no money," he said. "They also told me that I'm a good athlete, and because I'm playing defense I'm self made. I can just go out and make plays and probably earn my spot easier as opposed to someone that would have to rely on someone else, like a receiver."

All the schools in question are recruiting Alex as an outside linebacker - either SAM or WIL.

So when Signing Day comes, what will Shaw be doing? "I really don't know, but I think I might be walking on somewhere," he said.

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