High School Lacrosse Champion Bryson Shaw Turns Attention to Football As He Arrives at Ohio State

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Major H's picture

Welcome, Mr. Shaw, to Buckeye Nation! Let the grind begin!

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kmp10's picture

There's really no choice between playing football Vs lacrosse. The former has the potential to offer you millions of dollars and a lifestyle unlike anything most people will ever realize, while the latter offers nothing even remotely close to the former. Even if Shaw never plays a down on Sundays, playing football for Ohio State will present him with job opportunities in Columbus, one of America's fifteen largest cities, upon graduation. Being an Ohio State football player carries with it a cachet that few other athletic opportunities in America can offer. 

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rampageripster's picture

I mean... you could also just love the sport of lacrosse... It's possible that a person wants a career in that sport (playing, coaching, etc)... 

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

Agree with playing for the love of the sport. But as far as a career, lacrosse careers are not exactly plentiful or lucrative. Football careers on the other hand can be much more of both.

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rampageripster's picture

Sure there are more football jobs and they (mostly) pay better... but you can still have a career in lacrosse.  Lots of coaching gigs, organizations that run camps and developmental programs, media positions, three professional leagues (MLL, NLL, PLL)... I'm just mostly saying that it's kinda  poor viewpoint to be so dismissive of people having interest in pursuing a future in something besides football.  We all love football and I get it's the king sport in this country, but not everyone wants that life.

I could go officiate football right now if I wanted (have been actually invited to join crews by my lacrosse colleagues that do both sports).  I would make more money, have more high-level games available to work, and the ability to end up making pretty good money if I break into the top tier.  But I love lacrosse more.  So I officiate that and am happy making less, working less prestigious events, and having a much lower ceiling to work up to.  I guess it's wjat you prioritize in your life.

Cause I couldn't go for three

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Buck298's picture

His comment about covering another middie who is on the offensive is pretty accurate. The speed, hip flex and field awareness are comparable between the two games. 

With him being a  middie at such a high level program means this kid has some serious wheels. 

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buckzilla1's picture

Indeed he has wheels and movement. May see time as a return specialist. This kid needs some weight and if he gets to 200-210 lbs he will bring the lumber to the hit squad. Reminds me of Tim Fox. 

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I always have this chip on my shoulder, and you’ll see it when I play. I just want (Ohio State fans) to know that I won’t back down from anything, that I’m a tough person and I love contact.

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

It sounds as if Shaw has the determination to work hard and earn his way to playing time. Best wishes, young man.

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MOBUCKK91's picture

I know what many have said about our d-back recruitment, and I don't disagree with the overall premise .... but this kid will do well in our defensive scheme and is an addition to our d-back room.   Loved what we can see in his video!!

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letsgobucks's picture

When Shaw initially committed, i rolled my eyes based on his recruiting grade. When I actually watched his highlight tape my feelings quickly changed. Im not sure why hes rated so low but this kid can play! he's tall, fast and physical. Everything I like to see in my safeties! 

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Netbuck's picture

Elite lacrosse is really a summer sport now. The high school season in the spring is just a warm up for the club tournaments in the summer. My guess is that when all the other football prospects were at recruiting combines, Shaw was playing lacrosse. Less visibility to the recruiting services equals a lower star rating.

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rampageripster's picture

This right here... Shaw plays in one of the few areas where the Spring lacrosse is as good as the Summer lacrosse.  But for most of the country, the best players are gone most of the summer traveling all over for elite tournaments with their select club teams (kinda like AAU... and sometimes just was slimy)

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letsgobucks's picture

That's a good point, Netbuck.

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PRO8's picture

Jim Brown was an All American Lacrosse player at Syracuse... and of course ended up as one of the NFL's  greatest NFL running back if not the greatest running back..

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Buck298's picture

And many consider him to have been the best lax player to ever play the game. He was that good! So yeah, lax skills can certainly translate to football.

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45has2's picture

Jim Brown skills translate to any sport.

Censores irrumasti.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Jim Brown was an All American Lacrosse player at Syracuse

Exactly.

Jim Brown also played midfield, coincidentally (or not).

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Hovenaut's picture

Seeing some early similarities between Bryson Shaw and another kid who came to Ohio State football as a heralded hs lax player...

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Do you think he will become a DE?

69 in 18

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Hovenaut's picture

I don't think so, no - but not surprised to hear about Shaw's versatility. I think Hubbard was being discussed at TE, LB, and S at early points in his time at Columbus.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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Buckeye since 75's picture

But...How's his dodgeball game?

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45has2's picture

Heard he's pretty good at dodging wrenches.

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brutus360's picture

Yeah, watch out for this kid.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Finally, a kid who says Ohio State was his dream school and backed it up. Welcome, Bryson. Bring the wood!

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rampageripster's picture

I'm very happy with the trend of Ohio State Football targeting star lacrosse players (some of the best athletes)... but please stop calling it a "National Championship"... Bullis beat 4 teams in an invite-only showcase.  It's disingenuous at best.

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Sav45age's picture

Agreed. Also one of the teams is from Canada, so it should really be the North American championship if we're being truly genuine.r

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

I respect his decision to play lacrosse his senior year and play for a natty with his HS teammates, instead of just concentrating on football.  That said, I would rather he start to focus on his college career now instead of playing in a lacrosse all star game.  But, I suppose its a once in a lifetime event for him, so go for it.  Welcome aboard.

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Netbuck's picture

Agree. Given his listed weight, the sooner he can get to the training table and coach Mick, the better. Especially if he's a safety.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Kid's got the right attitude, that's for sure. Glad to see him as a Buckeye and not a Badger. These are the kinds of players in Madison that give OSU fits year-in and year-out.

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Steelydan54's picture

This is one of those kids that we missed during the Meyer years, but who won't show up to haunt us in B1G play in a couple years. He's gonna have to step up his game to start at safety in Columbus, but he certainly seems aware of that and willing to do the work. He will put the weight on quick once he stops running end to end constantly on lacrosse field (or whatever it's called). Hope he becomes a great Buckeye success story, but even if he's as special teams killer, he's a great story. 

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Chicago Connection's picture

My thoughts exactly, Steely. To me, it's no surprise that he was headed for Wisconsin before he switched to the Buckeyes. He's EXACTLY the sort of defensive missile that the Badgers have been launching at everybody else in the country for the past decade or two--i.e, overlooked big hitters with speedy wheels who are way, waaay underrated until they take the field and start popping recruits who had nearly twice the number of stars next to their names. 

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rblackbu's picture

Rob Kelly, Donnie Nickey...now Shaw!! I see him being an elite safety, multi-year starter and solid leader. Great instincts and fearless attack of LOS!! Good luck kid

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GOOMBAY's picture

So -- you're telling me he plays both sides of the ball and is an elite lacrosse champion, which <checks notes> requires insane conditioning and hand-eye coordination? And has tenacity and a shit-eating grin?

Whatever. Name any other Bullis football prospect that amounted to anything.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Whatever. Name any other Bullis football prospect that amounted to anything.

lolz

Added the sarc font for ya.

Plus an UV. 

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Chicago Connection's picture

Shaw looks like a seriously underrated player, at least per most of the rating services, but not by top programs and savvy recruiters. The good news is that it has provided fuel for him to prove he belongs in the upper echelon.

I like his fearless attitude, but it sure looks like he's got the talent to back it up. The guy's awfully fluid on tape--he's definitely a natural athlete with quick-twitch speed. I've seen online that he's run a 4.4 40, and while there's no way to know if that's the product of a funky or overly generous stop watch on the high school level, his acceleration jumps out on tape.

You've gotta like his size, too. Given his frame, I'm sure he'll bulk up to 200+ high-quality pounds under Marotti, and while people have compared him to Sam Hubbard, I dunno... going from DB to DE is a fairly exceptional and rare transition. Personally, I can see him staying at Safety or maybe moving to Linebacker.

In fact, to me, he projects more as an ideal fit for the "bullet" position--he looks like one of those fearless missile-launch type of hitters with enough strength and pop to either fight off or zip past blockers and chase down anybody on the perimeter or else blitz off the edge, or as necessary, drop off into coverage and hang with quick WRs and/or use his length to blanket big tight ends. 

In an ideal world, Ohio State just signed the next Brian Urlacher, who had a very similar profile coming out of high school and was vastly underrated. If it played out that way, justice would be served since OSU would finally get something in return for its big investment in Alex Grinch. 

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stpetebuck's picture

1. He’s blazing fast and  loves to hit. 

2. He never takes a play off. 

3. Read #1 and #2

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Trebor40's picture

I agree with many of the sentiments expressed, Shaw seems to play far above the level that recruiting services would give him, I am also sure he would have been a problem for us in his junior year at Wisconsin with many on this site ranting about Badger 3 stars giving us such a hard time because we fail to develop our vastly superior (see star rankings) athletes when in fact for several of these young men - they were not on the circuit  where all the ranking analysts roam! 

If Shaw at 6'2" 175 4.4 40 time came from Texas and all the combines and skills camps assessing him he would be a 4* and probably cut his player ranking from 500 hundreds to mid 200 hundreds 

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