He plays Offensive Tackle with a high degree of aggression and intensity. He's a perfect fit for what Rice OL Coach and Running Game Coordinator Blake Miller is looking for: big, mean, and nasty. Fitting that Miller himself was described with the same adjectives when the former NFL lineman played football himself.
Shaw has a great frame (6-5 285) and work ethic and he also plays in one of the most historically dominant programs in South Texas, for legendary Coach Phil Danaher's Calallen Wildcats. Shaw is rated the 113th best OT in the country by Scout.com.
A testament to his work habits, Shaw prepared for his senior season by participating in several "Lineman Challenge" contests last spring and summer. The events incorporate a series of lifting and agility events similar to the "World's Strongest Man" events that air on network TV. Cade excels in the competitons.
Simply put, Shaw is addicted to lifting, and loves to compete.
Qualities that have Rice Owl Coaches thrilled to have Cade joining the fold in February.
Shaw's pre-season work, along with an impressive camp showing earned Shaw a 2009 scholarship slot on one of the top up-and-coming college football teams in the country - David Bailiff's Rice Owls. Both Shaw, and the Owls, feel rewarded with his committment.
On Monday Shaw was rewarded again - Cade was named Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in District 31-4A.
Calalllen finished the season at 8-4, once again making the playoffs. They were eliminated by Beeville 30-28 on a last second field goal in the second round however.
For Shaw the next stop is Rice. Until then, what will Cade be doing?
"Eating and lifting", said Cade's father. Like the sound of that.
The big Offensive Tackle will take his official visit to Rice this weekend. Rice expects around 13 visitors including Shaw.