This summer one of the younger prospects we caught in camp action was Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller junior linebacker Alan “Deuce” Shaw II.
Listed at 6-foot, 205-pounds, Shaw comes from a football family as his father also played at Moeller before playing in college at Louisville.
As is the case with many juniors at Greater Catholic League programs, Shaw is fighting to get on the field this season.
“Camp was great as we got to meet all the upcoming sophomores and started working together and getting to know each other,” said Shaw. “I feel we really bonded as a team. As for the depth chart, right now I’m listed behind a senior at middle linebacker and we’re fighting for the starting spot.”
Before stepping one foot on the Moeller campus Shaw was prepared for the rigors of playing at one of the top programs in Ohio as his father was a Crusader in the early and mid-1980s.
“To be honest, it feels great experiencing the things my father did going to Moeller,” he said. “Meeting new people and those he knows and meeting their kids has all been great.”
As for how his summer went, Shaw talked about the camps he attended.
“I attended camps at Indiana, Louisville and Cincinnati this summer,” he said.
It was the first camp I attended and there was a lot of competition there. The coaches showed me what it would be like to compete at that level. Coach (Kane) Wommack, their linebacker coach, said I did a good job and that he liked how I competed in all the drills and that he liked what he saw.
I liked their indoor facility as they did their time drills there. It was the first time to see what a college facility is like.
To earn an offer from them would be great and make me very happy.
My dad played at Louisville and it was my first time being there. My dad was excited about us going and he had a chance to show us places he went when he was in college.
An offer from them would make me and my father so happy. It would allow me to go experience many of the same things he did. At camp they had a lot of linebackers there and Coach (Cort) Dennison stood out to me.
I love Cincinnati as they have a great campus. It was cool going there and meeting new people and competing with guys from the Cincinnati area. Moeller has played games there, but I wasn’t on varsity then.
Cincinnati would be an option for me as my family would be close and able to see me play.
With his brother Aidan also showing signs of being a top player in the 2021 class. Are the brothers looking to stay together in college?
“We’ve talked with our parents and we’re thinking we might separate so we can experience different things and meet more people,” he said. “We still could end up together on the same team and I would love to play on the same team with him.”
Does Shaw have plans to make some game day visits this fall?
“We’re planning to attend some games this season,” he said. “Right now, we’re getting them on a schedule and I’m excited to make some visits.”
What would earning a scholarship offer mean?
“It would mean everything to me,” he stressed. “To be offered by somebody and them wanting me to come and play for them and experience everything college has to offer would be a dream come true.”
Check out Allan Shaw in the following preseason action.