Visit Moves Auburn Into Top Four For 2014 DT

Four-star defensive tackle talks about his relationships with Rodney Garner and Dameyune Craig and why Auburn jumped into his top four following a Monday visit.

Tucker, Ga.—Expected to be one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the 2014 recruiting class, four-star Elisha Shaw was one of several Tucker High players on the Auburn campus Monday including linebacker Detric Dukes to check out the Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn. Rated the number five DT in the country, Shaw says he enjoyed his visit to the Plains and is looking forward to learning more about the program.

Playing his high school football in Georgia, Shaw was already very familiar with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner. Being recruited by Dameyune Craig as well while he was with Florida State, Shaw says the Tigers definitely have some positives on the coaching staff.

"Coming over to check out Auburn was really good because they've got my two best coaches in Coach Craig and Coach Garner," Shaw says. "Those are like my top coaches right there. It really pulled Auburn up by coming over to learn more about Auburn.

"Auburn is a nice school," he adds. "They have some people to keep your head on straight. They're not just a football school, they are also an academic school. They love academics. It's nice there."

After sitting out his sophomore season, the 6-5, 295 Shaw returned and had a solid junior year for Tucker with six sacks from his defensive tackle spot. With Auburn's need at defensive tackle in 2014 and getting to play for Coach Garner, he says it's definitely a plus for the Tigers.

"He's a real cool cat," Shaw says of Garner. "e's going to keep it real with you. He's not going to sugarcoat it or nothing. He's going to tell you want you need to do and what not to do."

With offers from all over the country including Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State, Shaw has plenty of choices when it comes to a future school, but at the moment he says he's just taking his time and enjoying the ride. With Alabama and Georgia at the top of his early list he says Auburn moved into his top four with Florida State rounding out the group.

"It moved Auburn into my top three," Shaw says of the visit. "Top four really. Alabama and Georgia are sitting at the top right now, then Auburn and then FSU."

Hoping to make his decision before the start of his senior season, Shaw says it will probably just come down to feel for him and what he's looking for out of a future home.

"I'll have to spend time at the school and see how I sit with the school and how I feel," Shaw says. "I'll also look at the environment and look for wherever feels like home. The more my heart settles with a school that's when I might commit. When I say ‘man I need to go to that school', that's when I might commit. I think it will probably be this summer."

Dukes says he plans to visit Alabama this Saturday for a junior day in Tuscaloosa and also hopes to visit Georgia soon as well.

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