New 2014 name to know

This is a new name to most, if not all, but it won't be for long. Elisha Shaw did not play football in 2011, but he is back in 2012, and he has already picked up two big offers.

Elisha Shaw sat out the 2011 football season for academic reasons, but he is back on track, and he is making a name for himself very quickly.

Shaw is a 6-foot-5, 291 pound class of 2014 prospect that plays defensive tackle and offense tackle for the Tucker Tigers in Tucker, Ga.

Not many know about Shaw yet, but three big-time programs are aware of him and Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia have had him on campus already.

Two have offered him a scholarship.

"Alabama was the first school to offer me," Shaw told Scout. "I went there for a camp this summer and after it was over, Coach Nick Saban pulled me in his office and offered me. He told me that he liked what I did at his camp, he liked how I got off the ball, that I had an offer from Alabama, and that he wants me and my family to visit this fall.

"Florida State was my second offer. I went to their camp too and I won a lot of the 1on1 match-ups, and they offered me. Coach [D.J.] Eliot talked to me a lot first, then Coach [Jimbo] Fisher came in and offered me. He kept telling me that he would love to have me at Florida State playing for him."

Shaw feels some other schools could be close.

"I went over to Georgia recently and I spent a lot of time with Coach [Rodney] Garner and he seemed very interested in me. He talked to me about defensive line, how he is going to recruit me, and all that, but he did not offer me.

"Clemson has been showing a lot of interest too and they say they want to see early game film, then they will offer me. I think they could be the next school to offer me.

"Auburn and Vanderbilt are two other schools that have been talking to my coach about me and showing some interest. I think things will get going when we start playing games this season."

Although this junior has already picked up offers from two prestigious programs, he knows this fall is a big time for him.

"I did not play last year, so I have worked hard this off-season to prepare for this season," he said. "I want to get my name out there, I want to be part of a state championship team, and I want to show people what I can do. I will be going hard each game and we will see what happens."

He is off to a god start.

Scout traveled to Chattahoochee Friday night to take a look at Shaw and he was very impressive. Here showed very good quickness off the ball as a defensive lineman and he showed good feet and was outstanding in pass protection when lining up at offensive tackle. He will have his choice of position on the next level.

He will also have his choice of schools too.

Recruiting is just getting started for Shaw, but one school stands out early to him.

"I really like Alabama a lot right now. I have been there, I have met their coaches, and I like how they train and coach their defensive linemen. They win, they train their guys to be great, and they are my top school."

Notes from Simmons: I have now scouted Shaw at practice and in a scrimmage and I am very impressive with his feet, how he bends, and his quickness off the ball. He has good reaction off the ball as a defensive lineman and while still tends to stand up out of his stance and he still needs to get a lot stronger up top, he could be a very quick and agile defensive tackle. He looks quick enough to hold the edge too as an end in a 3-4 scheme. On the offensive side, he was impressive at tackle against Chattahoochee. Just his foot quickness and his ability to run with the ends on the edge stood out. He has to get a better initial punch and be a little more powerful in the run game, but his future could be bright here too. He is a big prospect that has small ankles and he can move.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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