July 18, 2009
With stock soaring, Shaw getting serious
Orlando, Fla., wide receiver Kenny Shaw has always been a playmaker at Dr. Phillips High School. He's no secret, but anyone who didn't know about him probably does now after his performance at the South Florida 7-on-7 camp last weekend.
Shaw and his teammates finished fifth overall out of 60 teams. He was also awarded one of the sling and shoot top 22 awards.
"It definitely lets me know I'm doing the right things," Shaw said. "There were 60 teams there, but there was a lot more than 60 prospects. It makes me feel good."
Garnering attention from schools all over the country, Shaw maintains that he is still considering everyone on his list.
"I'm looking at all 26 schools," Shaw said. "I'm not trying to eliminate anyone yet. I want to keep analyzing everything and start to narrow things down this fall."
While he looks at all 26 schools, Shaw says that Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State are all standing out.
Shaw has a good bit of contact with the Tennessee staff and says the Vol coaches are quite impressive.
"I like that they have an experienced coaching staff," Shaw said. "They show me a lot of love and tell me the basics of me coming there and all that. They are known for putting a lot of receivers in the league and they got a great history."
He is being recruited by Vol quarterbacks coach David Reaves and has developed a nice relationship with Reaves, who has expressed to the coveted prospect the Vols' need for playmakers.
"He's a cool guy," Shaw said. "I've talked with him one-on-one and he's young. He knows the offense and he basically told me that they need playmakers. He showed me the depth chart and they need more guys to make plays."
Up next for Shaw is the Showtime camp at Florida State where he will try to soak up all the coaching and information that he can gather as he continues to improve.
"I'm just trying to learn some new techniques and polish up my game a little bit," Shaw said. "Try to become a better route runner and become a better overall player."
Shaw caught 64 passes for over 900 yards last season. He knows that getting better must be accomplished, but he also does a lot well.
"I know how to read defenses," Shaw said. "I'm good at getting off the jam real well. I think I bring a possession slash quick receiver to the table. I think that is what sets me apart."
Shaw plans on making his decision around the Under Armour All-American game.
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