Bryson Shaw’s dream of playing Division I college football has a chance to be realized later this year when the Bullis School senior heads off to Ohio State University with plans to play for the Buckeyes.
When Shaw arrives in Columbus, Ohio, he’ll be putting an end to a very successful lacrosse career — one that received a prestigious stamp last week when Bullis won a national championship that was televised on ESPNU. The Bulldogs took first in a four-team tournament by defeating Salisbury School, from Connecticut, 13-8 in the final.
That victory perhaps counted as his official finale to lacrosse, but the Eldersburg resident has another opportunity to grab his stick and don his pads. Shaw is one of 44 high school seniors selected to take part in the annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. This year’s girls and boys games are set for Saturday, June 29, at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
“It’s awesome just to end a lacrosse career on that note,” said Shaw, who led Bullis to a third Interstate Athletic Conference title in four seasons. “To go out that way means a lot to me. I made a lot of goals during my lacrosse career, and definitely being an Under Armour All-American was one of my big goals. Just to accomplish that, it’s a dream come true for sure.”
Shaw, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound midfielder, totaled 66 points this spring on 38 goals and 28 assists. He also collected 56 ground balls for Bullis, which went 21-3 and received an invite to the 2019 Geico High School Lacrosse Nationals in Washington DC, after the Potomac school won its IAC crown.
His lacrosse skills give way to football, however, the sport that has garnered Shaw national attention in recent years. He’s ranked by rivals.com as a three-star safety, and is the recruiting site’s 15th best at his position in Maryland.
Shaw received offers from 13 different D-I programs before choosing Ohio State — he gave Wisconsin a verbal commitment in early 2018, but signed his national letter of intent Dec. 19 with the Buckeyes. Shaw earned IAC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season, and helped the Bulldogs go 7-3 in the fall while playing defensive back and wide receiver and showcasing a mix of speed and skill.
With a winter to rest, Shaw said he did his best this spring to soak in as much of the spring lacrosse season knowing it would be his last.
“Just took it all in, there were bittersweet moments,” he said. “To go out with another IAC championship, to win Geico, it was an awesome thing. But also sad knowing it was all coming to an end. I just tried to slow it down as much as I could, just enjoy every moment of it.”
Shaw said he’s set to graduate from Bullis on Monday, and heads to Columbus the next day to begin football workouts for Ohio State. But there’s a little bit of lacrosse left.
Shaw said he’s coming home toward the end of June to take part in the Under Armour festivities at Johns Hopkins University. He’s on the South Team roster — Shaw is the lone football recruit on the list — and will take on the North squad at 8 p.m. on June 29, following the girls game at 5:30.
“With that being my last lacrosse game, probably ever, it’s just something I’m really excited for,” Shaw said. “I’m really blessed to have the opportunity to be in it.”