In an effort to make a playoff push at Chaminade-Madonna Prep, running back Shaun Shivers was a workhorse back for the Lions all season. Gaining over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, Shivers set the tone for his team’s offense with his speed and dynamic big play ability.
Shivers says that the 2015 season was a step in the right direction thanks to a change in leadership.
“We got better from last year,” Shivers told Today’s U. “We got a new head coach and last year we were 4-6 under the old head coach. When coach Little came in, we finished the season 7-3. We lost in the playoffs by eight points and I had a really good game in that one. I ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns.”
As a running back, Shivers describes his game as “explosive, electrifying and speedy.” Shivers, who is a sophomore, has already received a wealth of interest from various colleges on the recruiting circuit. He held offers from Cincinnati, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Syracuse and West Virginia. The past Tuesday, Shivers’ offer sheet expanded by one more, though.
“Louisville offered,” Shivers said. “[Recruitment] has been going good. It’s after the season, so I think more colleges will start coming in and visiting the school.”
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As a highly recruited running back who has a lofty ceiling and the potential to impact a collegiate backfield at the H-back role, Shivers is no stranger to picking up offers. Louisville’s offer, however, is a bit more unique than his previous five.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I was in Geometry class, then I got an alert to my iPad saying I had been offered by Louisville. I was really shocked. I didn’t even know it was there. A couple of hours before that, a freshman from my team got offered by FAU and he got a Louisville offer too at the same time I got it.”
Hailing from Hollywood, Fla., Shivers comes from a talent-rich part of the country and his school is no exception. This offseason, he expects additional collegiate coaches to visit the school, so it is too early to declare any specific school a leader at this juncture. “I’m going to keep all my options open right now until I decide during my 11th grade year,” he explained. “We’ve still got spring coming around, so a lot of schools will be coming back and will probably offer, so I’m just going to keep it open for right now.”
During the offseason, Shivers plans to take unofficial visits to several schools. In specific, Louisville, West Virginia and Syracuse, all schools that have offered, are likely destinations to host Shivers in the coming months.
“I know I am going to West Virginia and since I picked up Louisville, I’m thinking of going to Louisville too,” he said. “I want to take a visit up there, then probably Syracuse and Cincinnati in the summer too.”
When on these visits, Shivers will be looking to evaluate three factors at each respective school.
“The environment, the campus and the educational part.”
Click here for a link to Shivers’ sophomore highlight tape.