Still, Nick Saban and company have been doing enough to be atop the four-star Tucker (Ga.) defensive tackles' list without him being on campus this fall.
Shaw, who stands 6-foot-4, 293 pounds, has had different leaders in the past, but Alabama's overall package has the nation's top program on top for the nation's No. 16 defensive tackle.
"Man, their program is great," he said. "The players, the coaches. Just everything."
While he hasn't been able to travel as much this fall, the senior is also dealing with rehabilitation for a neck injury. He hasn't been able to play for Tucker all season.
"I don't know, I just feel like I work hard everyday..." he said. "Whatever God's will is."
Understandably frustrated in waiting to be cleared by medical personnel, Shaw is hearing positive things from coaching staffs still trying to earn his verbal commitment and eventual signature.
"They say that they love my attitude and work ethic," he said. "And how they want to be apart of my life, and want me to get healthy."
Shaw has yet to schedule or take any official visits to this point and he has no timetable for a decision.