A former Wisconsin commitment and one of the country’s premier high school lacrosse players, Bryson Shaw is the lowest-ranked member of the Buckeyes 2019 class but a prospect that the Ohio State coaching staff is excited about.
A former teammate of Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Shaw, 6-foot-2 and 175-pounds, flipped his commitment from the Badgers to the Buckeyes on April 28.
Shaw is Maryland’s No. 11 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
Shaw is a bit of an unknown on the recruiting trail, but there’s no doubt that he’s an elite athlete capable of performing in big situations. As noted, he’s one of the country’s top lacrosse players and a tireless athlete who thrives on competition.
His top end speed is elite and he can play cornerback or safety and he quickly gets to top speed making him an serious threat if he has the football in his hands.
Ohio State will be counting on Shaw to provide quality depth on special teams and in the defensive secondary, utilizing his athleticism and toughness in each facet of the game.
Raw on the football field but a talented athlete, expect to see Shaw compete for playing time on special teams as a freshman.
In recruiting today, so much is made of rankings and stars and all the political finagling that goes into things of that matter, that every so often we just forget that these kids have to put the pads on and actually play football.
Bryson Shaw is a reminder of that — and this kid can play football. His speed will open your eyes, and yes, he can run, but he isn’t afraid to get in the mix at the line of scrimmage and hit someone, either.
Ohio State does not offer kids with “marginal” talent this early in the process, especially without repeated camp appearances, but it extended an offer and accepted a commitment from the country’s 583rd-ranked prospect with more than eight months to go in the recruiting cycle.
The Buckeyes defensive coaching staff believe that this kid can play in Columbus. That’s all the reason you need to think he can, too