Shaw, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound indoor D lineman from Greensboro, NC Grimsley, is ranked first in the state, second in defensive lineman in the country and fourth overall. player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Shaw has a .9972 rating, which makes him the second highest rated recruit by UNC (Marvin Austin, .9979) in the age of internet recruiting.
So he’s a huge asset to head coach Mack Brown and his coaching staff. Shaw has a great presence on the line of scrimmage coupled with immense strength and quick movements.
« Hhe is athletic enough to play all the way down the defensive line with excellent production ”, 247 Sports nation analyst Chris Singletary wrote. ” It is light on its feet and does board and indoor games. … Shaw brings athleticism that you wouldn’t normally see in a player his size, so his advantage is off the charts. ”
Shaw is the third five-star rookie to select the Tar Heels since Brown’s return, joining 2020 class cornerback Tony Grimes and 2021 class defensive lineman Keeshawn Silver.
In June, Shaw named his last four schools. Right after that outing, he revealed his schedule was shifting after his mother, Catina, was finally able to come to Chapel Hill for an unofficial visit on June 10.
” All those [prior] visits [the UNC coaches] were just talking about, ‘Oh, we have to get mum here. Mom that. Mom, that, ”Shaw told Inside Carolina. “We finally got there. And all [UNC’s coaches] said, they did. They made my mom feel like she was there every time I went – they made her feel comfortable. They made her feel at home. So really, they just showed the love they said they were going to show.
Both UNC and Clemson were planning to take just one defensive tackle in this recruiting round. This played a role in speeding up his Shaw engagement schedule from the fall until shortly after his official visits in June. His visit to the Carolina Cookout at the end of July confirmed that there was one place Shaw felt out of place: Chapel Hill.
“North Carolina, they’ve recruited the defensive line as well as any program in America over the past two cycles, and Shaw has been as big a target as Brown since returning to Chapel Hill,” Steve said. Wiltfong, sports director of recruiting 247. wrote. “Right there in the same breath with Sam Howell, which was a program change victory. “
When Brown hired defensive line coach Tim Cross, known for his introduction “Let’s get this work! Vocals, Aaron Crawford and Jason Strowbridge were about all UNC had on the defensive line.
Now, with Shaw’s commitment, Tar Heel’s defensive line is looking to showcase a ton of talent: Shaw, Silver, Jahvaree Ritzie, Kedrick Bingley-Jones, Clyde Pinder Jr. and Myles Murphy are all four-star or better rookies. .
that of North Carolina class 2022 rose to n ° 13 in the 247 Recruitment rankings of sports teams, with eight of his 13 engagements rated at least four stars.