Pros and Cons of 4-Star DL Elisha Shaw's Top Schools

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 24, 2013

Pros and Cons of 4-Star DL Elisha Shaw's Top Schools

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    Elisha Shaw is a 4-star defensive lineman from Georgia who plays for Tucker High School. Shaw has great versatility, as he can play defensive end in a 3-4 defense and defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

    At 6'4.5" and 295 pounds, the Peach State prospect has outstanding strength. He's a bully in the trenches who powerfully opposes offenses. Many programs covet Shaw, who will have a tough decision to make.

    He has a list of six finalists, according to John Garcia Jr. of ' (subscription required). Shaw will have to decide which school ultimately is the best fit for him.


    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.


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    The Longhorns are one of the best programs in the country. They have unlimited resources, great facilities and passionate fans. Head coach Mack Brown is loyal to his players, plus the team has great talent.

    Shaw would be able to get great reps in games to hone his pass-rushing skills, as the Big 12 has many teams who love to throw the ball. Austin is a great place for young people, so he would also be able to have fun off the field.



    Texas has not been a dominant program in recent seasons. Brown could be gone before the conclusion of Shaw's tenure with the Longhorns.

Ole Miss

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    Ole Miss is a program on the rise in the SEC. Head coach Hugh Freeze is turning things around thanks to great recruiting. Shaw would get to play with freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, and the pair of linemen would form a great tandem.

    The Rebels have great fans, the team is beloved, and the program boasts great tradition. 



    Ole Miss is below a few other schools on Shaw's list in the SEC pecking order. He would win in Oxford, but getting to the SEC championship game will be tough. 

Florida State

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    It doesn't get much better than playing at Florida State. The team is always loaded with talent, receives good coaching and the fans come out in droves. The Seminoles also have a tremendous history of winning.

    Shaw would get to play in several big games at FSU. He would also not be forced to put his body through the rigors of the SEC because Florida State competes in the ACC. 



    Florida State's defense loves quick and athletic players. While Shaw is not slow, he may not fit the 'Noles' scheme as well as he would at other programs. 


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    By signing with Auburn, Shaw would be able to stay fairly close to home. He would get to play with young defensive line talents such as Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson on The Plains. 

    Auburn has a great community, the fans adore the team, and players are treated with respect. Shaw would win a lot at Auburn, plus head coach Gus Malzahn is doing things the right way.



    Auburn competes in the notorious SEC West, which is the toughest division in college football. Getting to the SEC championship will be a prime challenge.


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    It's always special for a player to compete for a school inside his native state. Georgia also runs a defensive scheme that perfectly fits Shaw.

    The Bulldogs routinely field a talented team, are always in the SEC title hunt and head coach Mark Richt is loved by his players. Shaw would receive excellent coaching in Athens because defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is a former NFL defensive line coach.



    There are not many cons for Shaw when it comes to UGA. The Dawgs have not won an SEC title since 2005, but that could be cited as minor due to how competitive the conference is.


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    Alabama is the nation's top program.

    Head coach Nick Saban is the best coach in the country, the fans have tremendous passion, and the program has a great history of winning.

    Shaw would be a terrific fit in Alabama's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense. He would receive great coaching while being surrounded by elite talent. 'Bama practically plays in a big game every Saturday.



    Shaw has the ability to play as a true freshman, but Alabama has so much talent that early playing time would be a tremendous accomplishment. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Shaw is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map. This a neat resource for recruiting fans to interactively locate the nation's best recruits!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.