Monday, February 13, 2012

Report: Speedy running back commits to KU


It appears Kansas University’s football recruiting class for 2012 grew by one over the weekend.

Jon Kirby, of, is reporting that Piscataway (N.J.) High running back Tevin Shaw has committed to the Jayhawks and will join the team this summer.

Shaw, a three-star running back who made his official visit to KU over the weekend, had been committed to Iowa but elected to look elsewhere when the Hawkeyes ran out of scholarships on signing day 12 days ago.

That led Shaw to Kansas, which had been recruiting the 5-foot-11, 190-pound all-state selection since mid-January. In addition to Iowa, the speedy power back had offers from Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina and Temple, among others.

Shaw, who has been clocked as fast as 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash, ran for 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season. His addition brings even more depth and talent to an already-crowded Kansas backfield.

In addition to Shaw and fellow-newcomer Taylor Cox, a junior-college transfer who signed with KU earlier this month, the Jayhawks figure to return two-year starter James Sims (727 yards, nine touchdowns) and young tailbacks Tony Pierson (396, three) and Brandon Bourbon (190, one).

Throughout his years in the NFL and at Notre Dame, KU coach Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense successfully accommodated multiple running backs. It will be interesting to track whether there will be playing time for all five guys next season or if one or two of them will red-shirt.

The addition of Shaw brings the total number in KU’s latest recruiting class to 21 players. However, because two of the three mid-year transfers added by Weis this offseason will be counted toward the Class of 2011, several spots remain. Weis said on signing day that many of those spots likely would be filled by more fifth-year transfers sometime in May.


Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 5 months ago

As a Jersey guy and Jayhawk alum I am loving Weis being at KU and seeing hopefully the first of many NJ dudes headed I second DrGraydog here and say...welcome...KU will be the best move you make in your young life...

jayhawks0034 10 years, 5 months ago

Are we just assuming he will play running back? Rivals has him lasted as an Athlete and Scout has him listed as a corner and I know he played both sides of the ball in high school.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 5 months ago

I seem to recall reading an interview with him and his coach late last week that indicated they thought of him as a RB.

It is great that wehave the commit, of a champion wrestler, from a D1 factory. Score, Score, Score.

I've also read that Weis prefers big WR's, but I wonder about getting Tony P out in space - a lot like the way Baylor did with what's his name this past year.

Cmill1221 10 years, 5 months ago

Nice! I assume he will probably redshirt and put some size on. Good get. Always nice to get a guy with offers from quality programs.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 5 months ago

Why has nothing been reported about Brock Berglund and his break up with Madison Myers and his new found love?

Who would you rather (go to Facebook for pictures) Madison Myers Lauren McDavid

My new name ahpersetmz

Mark Lindrud 10 years, 5 months ago

They broke up? Boy I'm out of the loop with the important stuff!

97jhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Lauren is way hotter. Looks like Brock could actually make a good decision. Didn't think the kid had it in him. Bout time!

Edward Daub 10 years, 5 months ago

I am feeling relevant again. Shaw could be the next Steve Slaton. Bring on the Mountaineers!

KGphoto 10 years, 5 months ago

Nice comparison. Didn't Slaton get the same business from Maryland coming out of high school? They withdrew his ride and then he chose WV, right? Same size and speed. (shot)

Edward Daub 10 years, 5 months ago

Yes, Steve was going to the Terps, but I think Friedgen ran out of Schollies. Came out of Eastern PA unheralded to WVU, where he had an immediate impact! See you all on Dec. 1!

Ted Toulouse 10 years, 5 months ago

It's interesting to see that he had his eyes on the Midwest during recruiting when it seems he had plenty of opportunity to play closer to home. I'm sure it has to do with playing time, perhaps even position debates. Seems to be a good get for the Weis crew.

Anxious for Spring ball to see how these guys fit in.

troutsee 10 years, 5 months ago

This year's spring game should have the largest turnout ever!!!

Nick Cole 10 years, 5 months ago

Dang it. Looks like we are gonna have to reschedule my wedding.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 5 months ago

Call Blow Ups "R" Us and get a Billy the Bridegroom Body Balloon. You can record your voice with the proper answers and your best man can work the controls. Also works as a body decoy in bed or in the shower!!

Bangkok_Jayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago


I am sure Tevin Shaw is fast, but a 4.42 time in the 40 would have made him the 13th fastest runner during the NFL combine last year. I guess it is possible but a legit 4.42 should get you better than a 3 star ranking.

It is not just him, these 40 times that end up getting reported are so full of crap half the time. Here are some reference points for legitimate 40 times...

4.06...World record 4.14... Usain Bolt 4.28...Demarcus Van Dyke-Miami (Fastest in last years combine) 4.38... Jaamal Charles 4.4... Only 8 players posted better times at the NFL combine last year 4,42... Percy Harvin 4.49... M. Wilson (fastest linebacker at the combine) 4.5... Darren Sproles, AJ Green 4.53... Kendall Hunter 4.59... Cam Newton 4.93... J. Kelce (fastest O Lineman at the combine)

Sources... and

KGphoto 10 years, 5 months ago

Good point, but it did say "has been clocked as fast as...". Surely he wouldn't run a 4.42 at the combine, but then again they have a pretty specific way of starting them at the combine, and they only get so many attempts, with all the pressure of the scouts looming in the stands. Everything on the line for them on every attempt. I'd be willing to bet that most of those NFL guys have been timed a little faster at other moments in their careers. If you watch the combine you can tell they are nervous and they are being coached every second between botched starts. It just looks uncomfortable and unnatural for them.

I'm not saying folks don't fudge a little on their claims, but I also wouldn't doubt that the NFL times are at least somewhat suppressed on average. Either way 40 times are still over analyzed. To see Sproles at a 4.5 and then to watch him on the field...

kellerman411 10 years, 5 months ago

So what? Jake Sharpe ran a 4.34. That wasn't dreamed up either, that was at his pro day. I get your point though, just keep in mind that speed doesn't make you a good running back so a fast kid won't always get offers from the major programs. If he does really run this fast, he will be a home run threat that we didn't have with Sims.

Andy Hess 10 years, 5 months ago

there's video of our CB commit Greg Allen running an electronically timed 4.33 40. dream THAT up.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 5 months ago

How does the clock start? Does he respond to a starter? The min response time is 0.10 sec, or else it's a false start at an international level meet that is fully electronically timed.

If the clock responds to him starting, then there is automatically a tenth of a second to add to his time to make it equivalent to a fully electronically timed effort.

vd 10 years, 5 months ago

We lose the 4 star Miller and pick up 3 star Shaw. We defintely need more RBs, since we are changing to a more pass orriented offense. 8-4 next year. Our receivers will catch passes thrown to them since we have new QBS.

april28 10 years, 5 months ago

bitter much? On all accounts, it seems as if Weis gave all of the disgruntled players an opportunity to tow the line. If your son couldn't figure it out, I wish him the very best at Community College next year.

W Keith Swinehart II 10 years, 5 months ago

It is interesting that he chose to come out to Kansas with so many closer schools looking. It says we didn't contact him til mid-January. This must say something positive about the KU school, recruiter, coaches or program. It would be worthwhile to have an interview sometime getting his perspective.

Tom Pritchard 10 years, 5 months ago

This is not cut into stone as of yet...But T.T. seems to be solid..Maybe Tait will get busy on this..

Micky Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

The one thing that I think is different, without even a practice yet, is that this new group has a lot of heart that those dismissed didn't have. James Sims was always bouncing up after a play ready to go again. He wants it, and apparently Miller didn't have that.

KjayhawkprideU 10 years, 5 months ago

Welcome to Jayhawk nation Tevin! Hey Matt let's hear from the players and how they feel about how the workouts are going. I can't get enough football talk. RCJ!

Matt Tait 10 years, 5 months ago

I'd love to write that, but KU won't let us talk to them... not until spring ball starts. Pretty standard, unfortunately, but definitely one of the things that makes coming up with good stuff every day a little difficult.

We've got some good stuff comin' though... Thanks for checking out our football coverage.

David Meredith 10 years, 5 months ago

Can't wait till the depth chart comes out, especially at running back and reciever. Something tells me Brandon Bourbon will get his share of carries.

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 5 months ago

It seems like Rodney Coe has ballooned to 270lbs and is not heading to Iowa.

His final 2 were Iowa & Kansas.

Is Coe one of the guys Coach Weis expects to transfer in??

RISEABOVEHATE 10 years, 5 months ago

Kansas Jayhawks 2012 schedule is released

Sat, Sept. 1 SDSU Sat, Sept. 8 Rice Sept 15 TCU Sept 22 Northern Illinois Sept 29 bye Oct 6 at Kansas State Oct 13 Oklahoma State Oct 20 at Oklahoma Oct 27 Texas Nov 3 at Baylor Nov 10 at Texas Tech Nov 17 Iowa State Nov 24 bye Dec 1 at West Virginia

I wonder why doesn't have the schedule up yet...I guess they are at lunch still

Tony Bandle 10 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Win Loss Win Bye Maybe Loss Maybe Loss Loss Loss Win Bye Loss

Anywhere from 3-9 to 6-6 [hopefully, anyway]

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