Earlier today, Texas A&M got a lot of attention for honoring its scholarship offer to Cedric Collins, who suffered a career-ending injury in high school.
Alabama and head coach Nick Saban did exactly the same thing today, as the Crimson Tide will honor its offer of a scholarship to Elisha Shaw, a Georgia product who learned recently from doctors that he would not be able to continue to play college football. He had suffered a neck injury prior to his senior season, sitting out the entire year wondering if he’d get a chance to live up to his relatively high ranking in the nation. Because he only recently found out he would no longer be able to play, he continued to be heavily recruited during the fall.
When Shaw found out his career could not go on, several schools backed away, but BamaOnline.com reported a source close to Shaw said only Alabama stood by its scholarship offer to Shaw. So on national signing day, Shaw decided to announce his intention to attend school at Alabama. He will be on a medical scholarship.
Shaw’s injury came in preseason drills in August 2013 when he says he went too low while making a tackle. Shaw wore a neck brace since the injury, but his career wasn’t ruled out until much later.
“He’s out there with the guys every day,” Tucker (Ga.) coach Bryan Lamar told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in an interview last fall. “He’s a special kid. He has got such a great personality and such a great outlook on life. He was down a little bit when it happened. His teammates, his coaches and everybody kind of picked him up.”