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A Big Switch

AUSTIN, Texas – It happened with Marcus Johnson. It happened with Daje Johnson and it happened with Dalton Santos.

Johnny Shaw performed well in front of Duane Akina on Sunday.

All of those guys were committed elsewhere until Texas came calling. For Center 2015 safety Johnny Shaw, his offer from the Longhorns came much earlier in the process.

All it took was a Longhorn offer for Shaw to switch his commitment from TCU to Texas. Shaw became the second 2015 commitment on the day and third total in the class when he committed to Mack Brown following Sunday's mini-camp.

It was a simple decision for the 6-foot-2, 188-pound downhill safety prospect. He and his high school coach phoned Shaw's mother after the camp to make sure it was fine that he switch commitments.

By the time Shaw put his mother through to Mack Brown, he was beaming with joy at being a Longhorn.

“Texas is Texas,” Shaw said. “I've always wanted to be here. That's me. It's who I am.”

Shaw finished his sophomore season with 88 tackles and five interceptions. Physically it's all there for him, and running a 4.48 forty for the Texas coaches showed that he's got the speed to play in the Big 12.

At the East Texas Recruiting Combine in Tyler last month Shaw said an offer from Texas would definitely change things in his recruitment. It did, and the lifelong Longhorn fan is happy to have his decision out of the way.

“I'm just excited,” Shaw said. “This is the kind of thing that makes all the work worth with it.”

There's no looking back now for Shaw. He's likely the third defensive back commit in the Longhorns 2015 – Sunday commit Keke Coutee of Lufkin is being recruited as a defensive back first and Texas has Corpus Christi Flour Bluff's Jalen Campbell in the fold.

With his recruitment done and over, he's focused on becoming the best player he can be by the time gets to the 40 Acres.

“I'm just going to keep working hard to get better,” Shaw said. “I learned some things from Coach [Duane] Akina today that I can go back and use.”

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