If you guys haven’t read the recruiting message board, I posted Sunday night that Palmdale, Calif., cornerback Joshua Shaw and his parents were outside The Swamp talking with coach Urban Meyer, defensive backs coach Vance Bedford, safeties coach Chuck Heater and tight ends coach Dan White. There could have been a couple of other coaches out there, but I was trying to get those oh-so-important Sunday night interviews. The Gators got some good news last week when Shaw decided to pay his way to visit for the Vanderbilt game. That’s huge. Not a lot of guys are looking to travel across the country to see a game like that. He officially visited for the Tennessee game earlier in the year, so coming back on his own dime can only be good for the Gators.
Shaw will officially visit Oklahoma this weekend. It will be his last official, so a commitment somewhere could be in the works. Calls to him the last couple of days have gone unanswered, but I’ve gotten word that Florida’s coaches feel pretty good about Shaw. He stands 6-foot-1 and would be a great addition to Florida’s defense. The Gators usually have smaller corners, and having a guy with some height and speed to match would be a plus. Even with the six defensive back commitments in the 2010 class, Florida would be foolish not to take a commitment from Shaw if he decides to make Gainesville his next home.
As a junior, Shaw had 40 total tackles, including six for loss and four interceptions. This year, Shaw is playing quarterback and defensive back and has 1,471 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s added 624 yards on the ground with eight scores. I couldn’t find all of his defensive stats, but he’s grabbed couple of interceptions and has two blocked kicks.