– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The early signing period is in the books and the first domino between now and the first Wednesday in February has fallen. Broken Arrow defensive lineman Derrick Shaw has committed to North Texas. Shaw picked North Texas on Friday night over several other D1 offers. Shaw was listed as one of the top remaining prospects to watch between now and February’s Signing Day.
Shaw wasn’t your typical defensive tackle at 6’1 and 250 pounds. On paper, that’s an undersized player. However, when you watch Shaw on tape or in person, it’s pretty clear that size isn’t an issue for Shaw. He’s as strong as the linemen he goes against and he has the motor and speed to blast by them. Whether or not Shaw will stay on the interior of the defensive line will be something to watch at North Texas.
Shaw’s senior season was All State caliber. He was selected Saturday as a 2nd Team All State selection after a dominating season. He finished with 65 tackles, 13 coming for a loss and he sacked the quarterback six times. That doesn’t include how many plays he disrupted by blowing up the line of scrimmage or forced the quarterback out of the pocket.
During the summer, Shaw was ranked as the 36th best prospect in Oklahoma’s 2018 class. He was also ranked as the 8th best defensive lineman prospect on the OKPreps Big Board. After Shaw’s senior season, you can expect both of those rankings to go up when they’re updated in January. 27 Oklahomans signed with D1 programs on Wednesday, including Shaw’s teammate Gary Mossop, who signed with Air Force. Three prospects were committed but chose not to sign on Wednesday.
Head coach Seth Littrell, a Muskogee native and former OU standout, have gone back to the Oklahoma well to find another talented player. As of right now, nine Oklahomans are on the North Texas roster. Most notably, former OKPreps Player Of The Year Mason Fine, quarterback from Locust Grove, won the Conference USA Offensive Player Of The Year award this season.
The Shaw family will be busy traveling throughout Texas every weekend moving forward. Older brother Jamall, a former running back standout at Broken Arrow, is at Stephen F Austin.