Tre Shaw, a 4-star cornerback prospect out of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia, announced his decision to join the North Carolina Tar Heels’ recruiting class of 2017 on Monday.
Shaw broke the news of his college decision on Twitter on a date that is significant for his family:
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Shaw is the 30th-ranked cornerback in the country, the 30th-rated player out of Georgia and the No. 289 overall prospect.
In June, Wesley Sinor of AL.com reported Shaw had narrowed his list of schools to North Carolina, South Carolina, Auburn and Clemson.
For someone who projects best as a cornerback at the college level, Shaw embraces contact. He’s a stout run supporter who has experience playing safety and roaming the box, which will help him make plays on the perimeter for UNC.
Shaw has good length and functional strength at 6’0″, 180 pounds. Between his physical tools and style of play, he has the makings of a high-end starter on the outside.
One of the standout plays on his Hudl highlight reel comes at around the two-minute mark, when Shaw knocks a receiver to the ground and proceeds to make a tackle in the flat:
Thanks to his experience as a running back, Shaw seems to recognize what a ball-carrier will do in the open field, allowing him to be in position to make solid, fundamentally sound tackles.
Quick hips, lateral quickness and rapid acceleration make Shaw all the more promising as a cornerback prospect.
Shaw’s hands could use work, though. He often lets the ball come into his body rather than catching it with his hands. That means his technique will have to be especially good, as he’s likely to have a hard time racking up interceptions early in his North Carolina career.
If Shaw can maintain his all-around quick-twitch ability, pack on perhaps 10 pounds in the weight room and improve his hands, the Tar Heels could have a legitimate star in two to three years.
Star rating and rankings courtesy of 247Sports.
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