Updated: May 11
Friday was the second night of the NCHSAA state championships, a night that saw both 2021 Tar Heel signee Kamarro Edmonds and major 2022 Tar Heel target Travis Shaw in action. After giving you a look at Edmonds in our last scouting report, we give you a look at Shaw, the No. 9 overall player in the 2022 class and one of the team’s top priorities in the 2022 cycle. Here is a breakdown of his performance in the Grimsley Whirlies first state title win since 1960 over Cardinal Gibbons in Chapel Hill.
Shaw was clearly the main focus of the Cardinal Gibbons offensive line the entire game, which did everything they could to take him out of the game by double teaming and scheming plays away from him, but he was still able to have a pretty solid impact. He was part of a tremendous showing from a Grimsley defense that stepped up countless times throughout the night to help lead the way to win. Shaw finished the night with five total tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures.
Shaw was as impressive as his 5✮ billing in this one. His athleticism for a player of his size is extremely impressive and feeds into his versatility that allows him to play all over the defensive line and even stand up at points to rush the passer. He has a nice mix of violence and technicality to his game and he does a great job using his long arms to his advantage. His ability to constantly get his hands up to make passes difficult for quarterbacks is something you love to see, especially for as much as he gets double teamed and he has a quick release off of the line of scrimmage. He is an extremely heady player, as witnessed by his highlighted play of the day, where he recognized a screen play and was able to chase the play down from behind to save a touchdown on a drive that would eventually end in an interception. It’s no wonder he is seen as one of the top players in the class of 2022 and is one of the top priorities on the recruiting trail for the Tar Heels.
We will close out our NCHSAA scouting reports with our last one of the weekend with a look at 2023 wide receiver Noah Rodgers from Saturday’s 4AA state title game. Also, make sure to go back and check out the Kamarro Edmonds scouting report from earlier in the weekend.