Bryson Shaw’s holiday season started with quite a festive event.
The Eldersburg resident, a senior football star at Bullis School in Potomac, made his college choice official a week before Christmas. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back signed a national letter of intent Dec. 19 with Ohio State University, and he plans to play football for the Buckeyes next year.
Shortly after signing his paperwork that morning, surrounded by family and friends, Shaw took to social media to emote.
“So fired up to officially be apart of the brotherhood and Buckeye Nation!!!” he posted on his Twitter feed. “Many great things to come!”
Shaw helped Bullis go 7-3 this last season, and he played wide receiver on offense. Shaw earned second-team all-Met honors from The Washington Post, and he earned Interstate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors this season.
Shaw was a perennial IAC first-team selection at safety during his Bullis career, and in 2017 he led the Bulldogs with five interceptions.
Shaw is among the state’s top 50 safeties (47th) in the Class of 2019, according to 247sports.com’s composite rankings. He was chosen as the 10th best player in Maryland.
Rivals.com ranks him 15th best in the state.
Shaw received interest from several other Division I schools, according to 247sports.com, including Wisconsin, Penn State, West Virginia, and Syracuse. Shaw made a verbal commitment to Wisconsin earlier in the year, but flipped to OSU and made it official.
“My dream growing up has always been to play big-time college football,” Shaw said earlier this year in a Times article.
Ohio State and Bullis have a football connection — current Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a former Bulldogs standout.
Shaw is a touted lacrosse player at Bullis as well — at one time he gave Maryland a verbal commitment for lacrosse — but chose football at the next level.
Bullis football coach Pat Cliento told the Times earlier this year he wouldn’t be surprised if Shaw contributes as soon as he gets to college.
“He is just so fast, you can’t keep him off the field,” Cliento said. “He is one of the fastest players I have ever coached in 10 years.”