Profile: Joshua Shaw
Location: Palmdale, Calif.- Palmdale HS
Weight: 180 pounds
Scouting Report: Shaw has the height and length that college coaches, and
NFL coaches for that matter, drool over in a cornerback's body. He's a
skilled athlete, he can play corner, safety, quarterback, receiver or running
back (all which he has for Palmdale). He's strong in press coverage and
the physical nature of his game makes it difficult for receivers to get past him
at the line of scrimmage. He's a real fluid athlete, and has very good
hips, important for a corner. Fundamentally, is making huge strides,
seeing him in the spring to late summer you could see how much more natural he
looked in his technique. He's still relatively lean but could probably
hold another 15-20 pounds. As he continues to add more strength, he'll be
even more difficult to get past.
Overall Analysis: Shaw is the top cornerback prospect in the West, and
one of the best all-around athletes in the entire region. He's similar to
Robert Golden, now starting at Arizona as a sophomore, our top cornerback two
years ago, in their style of play, ability to cover and willingness to be
physical. He's one of the better defensive back prospects we've seen in
the last couple of years, and the best prospect we've seen out of the Antelope
Valley in the past five years.
Recruiting: Shaw chose Florida from a top ten that also included USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma,
UCLA and Miami, among his 25-plus offers.