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Sunday, April 21, 2013
DT Shaw returns to Bama for A-Day

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It had been nearly two months since Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) last visited the University of Alabama, but the ESPN 150 defensive tackle felt right at home this weekend when he was in town for the Crimson Tide’s spring game.

“It feels great every time I go there, to Bama,” Shaw said. “It went great down there. The game, they look like they’re going to be very good again this year. It was very organized. They did everything right.

Elisha Shaw
Defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (70) said he will wait until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce his decision.
“No. 7, the wide receiver, he was doing his thing. He caught the first two passes deep, and he just came off the injury.”

Shaw was referring to Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell, who broke his leg in a game against Auburn last fall.

Shaw is dealing with an injury of his own. He recently had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and now he’s working his way back through rehab. He says he’ll be 100 percent after the spring.

On his visit, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Shaw met with UA head coach Nick Saban, who gave him extra motivation to return from the injury.

“Nick Saban told me I’m on a good track and everything with my grades,” Shaw said. “He said to keep working hard, and he said I’m on the top of their board because he needs big, athletic defensive tackles like me. It’s a sign for me to keep working, get off rehab and work hard.”

The coaching staff was pushing for a commitment from Shaw on his visit, but the Peach State native wants to wait until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce his decision. His top three schools are still Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.

Shaw plans to visit Ole Miss at some point this spring, and he said he wants to get back to Tuscaloosa in the next two or three weeks.