CLARKSTON, Ga. -- Tucker (Ga.) High School head coach Bryan Lamar knows a good thing when he sees it, and he has a real talent in junior Elisha Shaw. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound lineman took snaps at left tackle, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle and tight end during Tucker’s recent game against Stephenson (Ga.) High School. Shaw appeared to be the strongest player in the trenches, pushing the line of scrimmage forward on offense and blowing through blockers on defense.
An ESPN Watch List member for the Class of 2014, Shaw’s weekly exploits are getting a lot of attention from college coaches.
“I have offers from Florida State, Alabama and UGA,” Shaw said. “They are all equal to me right now. Florida State is a good school. I like the way they coach. It’s the same at Alabama. Georgia: that is a real good team, just like Alabama.”
With his first three offers coming from traditional powerhouse programs, other schools are likely to make Shaw’s offer list grow into double digits in the coming months. He is already having trouble keeping up with all the schools that are recruiting him.
“Clemson, Auburn, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Louisville, East Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Missouri… and a few more I can’t remember,” Shaw said. “It’s a lot of schools.”
When asked who he would like to offer next, Shaw named the No. 3-ranked Ducks.
“It would be nice to get an offer from Oregon,” Shaw said. “It is a long way from home but the offer itself would mean a lot.”
Shaw recently visited a school close to home when he dropped in on Georgia’s game against Tennessee.
“I hung out with Josh Dawson,” Shaw said. “We had a good time. I really like how Georgia stuck together as a team and kept the momentum on the field going. The coaches up there told me to keep working hard in school and to keep doing work on the field. Coach [Rodney] Garner wants me to go hard on the field but to go even harder in the classroom. He was here tonight.”
Garner, the Bulldogs’ assistant head coach, took in Shaw’s performance against Stephenson. Garner is also Georgia’s defensive line coach, which is notable since, although Shaw can play multiple positions, in his heart he wants to be on the defensive line.
“I want to play nose guard, really,” Shaw said. “I like the 4-3 defense too, but as a nose guard, it is like the whole team is on you. I mean you and the linebacker are like the quarterback of the defense. I like the pressure. I am going to dig and try to hold my team up.”
Tucker wound up losing to Stephenson 13-6 in the battle of unbeaten teams. The loss could not be laid at the feet of Shaw, who was all over the field. Shaw’s Tigers had been averaging more than 47 points a game coming into the first-ever showdown between the two schools, but the offense was no match for the loaded Stephenson defense.
On defense, Shaw was often in the backfield right after the ball got there and eventually Stephenson had to make adjustments to try and stop the talented junior.
“They were coming down on me hard and doubling me up, so I just had to dig in and do my thing,” Shaw said.