May 20, 2009
Tide in top 3 for WR
While Kenny Shaw hasn't received as much attention as some of the other elite receivers in the 2010 recruiting class, his offer list indicates that the nation's top football programs are paying him plenty of attention. With over 20 offers to date, Shaw's profile continues to climb and a recent offer from Alabama has put the Crimson Tide in good position with the Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips star.
"They run an NFL-type offense where they are pretty much balanced between the pass and the run," said Shaw, 6-foot, 160-pounds. "I watched them a good bit last year and they were really good. They were undefeated until Florida. I loved what they did with Julio Jones. That guy is amazing."
"I'm really looking to play in an offense that passes at least as much as it runs. I don't have to play for a team that passes every down but I definitely want to go somewhere that values the passing game."
Shaw, who boasts a 4.5 second forty time, said that he's spoken to Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain multiple times about how he would fit into the Tide offense and said the Tide coach had plenty of good things to say about Shaw's playing style.
"Coach Mac and I have talked a good bit and I plan on getting in touch with Coach (Curt) Cignetti soon as well. Coach Mac told me he likes how I get out of the breaks and how I look really polished out there which is something that separates me from other receivers."
The nation's No. 50 wide receiver prospect said his summer plans include trips to two in-state camps and a potential visit to Tuscaloosa.
"Right now I know for sure I'm going to the Florida State camp and Florida's Friday Night Lights camp. I definitely want to make a visit to Alabama this summer and my coach and I are looking at going to their 7-on-7 event they are doing. That would be a great chance for me to work on my skills and see their campus at the same time."
Alabama's strong impression early in the recruiting process has landed the Tide right in the thick of things for Shaw's signature with the Tide trailing only the two in-state powers.
"Right now it's Florida State first, Florida second, Alabama third and Tennessee fourth. I've still got a while before I plan to make a final decision but that's how they stand for me right now."
As a junior, Shaw hauled in 64 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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