June 19, 2009
FSU still on top for WR Shaw
Florida State remains the leader for Kenny Shaw but the Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips wide receiver said Georgia recently offered and the Bulldogs have moved way up his list.
"It puts them definitely in the top five," Shaw said.
Shaw, who caught 64 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, said he probably would have known about the Georgia offer much sooner - the letter was dated May 7 - but it went straight to his high school and since it's summer vacation he first saw it Sunday.
"I know that they had a really good offense last year and they had a really good quarterback with (Matthew) Stafford," Shaw said. "I predict ever since he was the No. 1 draft pick they're going to be recruiting top-of-the-line quarterbacks that can get receivers the ball."
Quarterback depth is an important thing for Shaw, who said he's looking at the depth charts at all the programs recruiting him to see who the signal callers will be when he gets to campus. Shaw played against former Tampa Plant star Aaron Murray, now a backup at Georgia, in a 7-on-7 tournament and called him "really good." That could help the Bulldogs big time.
The Seminoles are on top and Georgia has moved into his top five. Florida is probably still at No. 2 and Alabama and Tennessee are also making a push for Shaw, a three-star prospect rated No. 50 among wide receivers by Rivals.com. If Florida State slips, the Gators could make a move up.
"They've been kind of steady at No. 2 or No. 3," Shaw said. "Not only the success at receiver but I've been up to the school and I've been in the receiver meetings with coach (Billy) Gonzales and he basically laid it down, they run five receiver sets so if I come in there I could probably play early if I come."
Shaw has also been offered by South Florida, Stanford, Colorado State, Michigan, LSU, West Virginia, Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Illinois, UCLA and many others. He said there is something interesting about the new Volunteers' coaching staff, led by coach Lane Kiffin, that intrigues him.
"I haven't talked about Tennessee much because their offer came a month ago," said Shaw, who added his only certain camp stop this summer is at Florida State. "But I like Tennessee, they have a whole new set of coaches which is really good so if I do go there they won't leave."
Former Dr. Phillips teammate Ricardo Miller plans to transfer to Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron for his senior season. Miller is already committed to the Wolverines which could give them an edge if Shaw is looking to leave the Southeast.
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