TYLER, Texas -- Johnny Shaw (Center, Texas/Center) admitted that he got more than what he came for on Saturday.
What was supposed to be a simple visit to TCU, Shaw said, turned into one of the best days of his life. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound safety verbally committed to the Horned Frogs and became the program’s first commitment of the 2015 class.
“I went in and just thought I’d get a visit of the campus,” Shaw said. “Next thing you know, they offered me. I called my parents and talked to them, and they said wherever your heart follows, go. So I’m following my heart.”
Shaw jumped on his first offer after producing big numbers during his sophomore season. Shaw finished with 88 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Shaw was recruited by receivers coach Curtis Luper, someone who, along with safeties coach Chad Glasgow and the strength and conditioning team, Shaw feels can be a benefit to him.
“Coach Luper’s going to help me get my footwork better and my pro agility right to make me stronger and faster,” Shaw said. “I’m really just trying to get stronger, faster and more physical. I want to be more dominant in attacking the ball.”
Shaw committed to TCU on Saturday. On Sunday, he participated in the East Texas Sports Network Combine and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds. Shaw also recorded a vertical jump of 31.9 inches.
While TCU has nice facilities, a solid academic reputation and the potential of being a Big 12 powerhouse, Shaw said there was one final reason why the Horned Frogs made sense in his process -- a not-so-serious reason but also one that even Shaw laughed at.
“It’s in Texas, and I like the colors,” he said. “At Center, we’re purple and gold. They’re purple and black. I can get it to match.”