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Monday, May 20, 2013
ESPN 150 DT moves Dawgs up

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, Ga. – ESPN 150 defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) spent the weekend visiting the University of Georgia and a former teammate. When he left, the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle said that the Bulldogs no longer trailed the Crimson Tide.

“Georgia is still in my top two,” Shaw said. “They are tied with Alabama.”

The Bulldogs head coach can be credited with helping move Georgia up in Shaw’s esteem.

“The visit went great,” Shaw said. “We went up there and had fun. We hung out with Josh Dawson and Blake Tibbs. We chilled in the player’s room and then went to downtown Athens. I had never spent the night at Georgia. We also talked to the coaches. They were telling me how I was No. 1 on their chart. I talked with Coach [Mark] Richt and he was telling me how much they want me and that I am a perfect fit for Georgia and how much I will be taken care of if I stay at Georgia after the football is over.

“He told me how Georgia has good coaches and how me and Coach [Chris] Wilson would work together and how many defensive linemen they send into the league. I really liked what he was saying.”

The No. 60 overall prospect said Alabama has told him that he is atop their board as well, making it a tough decision for Shaw who plans to announce his commitment at the Army All-American Game.

“I don’ know how I am going to decide,” Shaw said. “That is going to be hard.”

Shaw said he is likely going to visit Alabama on June 2.