March 9, 2009

Nico tries to talk receiver into CSU

It appears the Colorado State football program got more than a quarterback when Orlando star signalcaller Nico Rainieri signed a national letter of intent in February, they also penned a recruiter. Raineri will have his work cut out for him as he tries to lure his Dr. Phillips High School teammate and wide receiver Kenny Shaw to Fort Collins. Shaw has better than 10 scholarship offers from some of the biggest names in college football.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Shaw offers recruiters a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash and as a junior, he led the Orlando area with 64 receptions for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns. The combination of the speed and production has netted him offers from schools such as Michigan, UCLA, Florida State, Miami and the University of Florida. Colorado State recently offered a scholarship as well and has one advantage over the rest of the field.

"I like them (Colorado State) a lot because our quarterback Nico (Rainieri) is going there," Shaw said. "He already got the plan down if I go there. He is going to redshirt when he gets there, so we can get started at the same time. He (Raineri) said they are a pretty good school and they will take care of me if I do go up there."

Shaw added he was offered a scholarship by CSU offensive line coach Pat Meyer, who has made himself a frequent visitor at Dr. Phillips High.

"He (Meyer) is down-to-earth and a cool guy," Shaw said. "He is plenty funny too. He actually came to school three or four times."

While the Rams have caught Shaw's attention, they aren't necessarily his favorite. That honor goes to Michigan and Florida State. Shaw said he grew up fans of the Michigan and Miami football programs.

"I always liked Michigan growing up," Shaw said. "They don't have too many receivers and that is always a good thing and so does FSU. I also don't want to go too far away and I don't want to stay too close to home, so FSU fits that too. Right now FSU and Michigan stand out the most out of all the offers."

Shaw said he is looking for a school that makes him feel comfortable around the coaching staff as well as one that keeps the ball in the air.

"We ran the spread in high school, but I am not too concerned with the offensive system a school runs as long as they throw more than they run," Shaw said.

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