Before the East/West Shrine game not many people were talking about inside linebacker Shawn Loiseau, of Merrimack. During last week’s performance at the East/West Shrine game Shawn showed his intensity on the field and was really gauging the interest of the NFL teams and their scouts.
Shawn is an in-your-face type of player, who fits the mold of a very aggressive, mean looking, blue collar linebacker. The 6 foot, 241 pound linebacker grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts where he was a stand-out player. Shawn was a two-time Central Massachusetts all-star and was named Massachusetts Defensive Player of the Year. Shawn set Shrewsbury High school record with 136 tackles in 2007 and was a force to be reckoned with in high school. Shawn was not recruited by any major D-1 schools coming out of high school. He ultimately chose Merrimack College a division 2 school located in North Andover, Massachusetts.
In his freshman year for Merrimack, Loiseau played in 5 games, and only registered a few tackles. In his sophomore year in 2009, Loiseau started every game for the Warriors defense. In 2009, Shawn set the school record with 123 tackles on defense and was named first team all defense. In his senior year, Shawn broke his own record with 133 tackles which was 10 higher than his 2009 performance and was able to add 5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Loiseau was beginning to show teams that he can play at an extremely high level and was proving it on the field. Shawn has been an iron man, starting in every game since his sophomore year with 30 consecutive starts and accruing 377 total tackles in that time period. Shawn is a player who has an extremely high motor, the kid is everywhere on the field. He had an awesome performance in practices and is back in school at Merrimack preparing for the NFL scouting combine.
What was your most memorable moment playing for Shrewsbury High School?
My most memorable moment was winning the Super Bowl, we went 13-0 and we won it all. That was an amazing accomplishment.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of Shrewsbury High?
Not a lot, I wasn’t offered any D-1 offers, I was told I wasn’t big enough, fast enough, or strong enough.
Why did you ultimately choose Merrimack?
Coach Perry had just come on board with Merrimack and said that if you come here you will play early, start and win a championship. He was able to do everything he promised and I feel that I made a great decision.
What was your most memorable moment at Merrimack?
Winning the Conference Championship my sophomore year was the best moment. I love winning, and nothing felt better than having a conference championship ring, that was huge for me.
If I was a GM of an NFL team, what would you tell me you can bring to my team?
Great intensity, every minute I have my pads on, I am turned up, either on or off the field. If it has to do with football, I will bring it, each and every day. There is never a dull moment when I have my pads on, I love this game.
Where have you been told you are projected to be drafted?
I heard a couple rumors saying 5th - 7th round, I am not sure. I hope they make better projections after my combine performance.
What was the experience like at the East/West Shrine game?
It was great, being able to go down there and play against the top seniors on television. It was fun to play against guys that played on television week in and week out. Everyone has always told me that I couldn’t hang with the big boys. I showed that I could hold my own against them.
Big time scouts like Mike Mayock and Todd McShay couldn’t stop raving about you. Do you plan on having an amazing combine to impress them more?
Yeah, I play fast, and I think I will turn more heads when I do my drills and run my forty yard dash. I will show I can blow the top off down there.
Where have you been training to prepare for the combine?
Gridiron Training in Danvers, Massachusetts and they have me in the best shape I have ever been in my life.
Growing up, who was your favorite NFL team?
Who was your favorite NFL player?
Clay Matthews, I love his relentlessness.
What NFL teams have you talked with you so far?
I have talked with all 32 teams.
If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
Clay Matthews, I love that guy.
What is the first thing you are going to buy with your NFL paycheck?
I am going to help my family out as much as I can; they are the most important thing in my life. __________________________________________________________________________________________
I would like to thank Shawn for a great interview, this young man is a special player, and if you haven’t watched any film on him make sure to follow him in the upcoming Combine, because this kid is a hard-nosed linebacker, ready to make an impact on an NFL team.
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