The Crimson White ran an article today on Elisha Shaw, the former 4 star DT from Georgia who committed to UA. Shaw seriously injured his neck in practice at the beginning of the fall semester, and will never play football again. After the injury, it was reported that most (if not all) of the schools that had recruited Shaw had withdrawn their offers.
As was reported here a few weeks ago, however, Alabama honored Shaw's scholarship, and he will attend UA on medical hardship. But on top of that, Shaw will be working for the team directly, including assisting Kirby with recruiting.
Rumph, along with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, sat down with Saban to discuss Shaw’s status and made the decision to stand by their offer.
Elisha Shaw did not technically "sign" with Alabama, but he did sign the paperwork that will grant him a medical hardship scholarship that will pay for his tuition. As promised by Saban and the coaching staff, Shaw will still be around the program, where he will help assist in his new passion of coaching. As of now, Elisha Shaw said he will be helping Smart with recruiting — a position Lamar said he thinks Shaw will be more than qualified for. "With his personality, if you knew the kid, you would know," Lamar said.
"He’s extremely involved, he’s very charismatic, he’s a great leader. "The kid wants to be successful, and he’s going to try to find a way to be successful. And so if he can’t play, he’s going to try to find a way to be as successful a coach as possible and be a good person."
It's a great story, and it just goes to show that Nick Saban really is a mean, nasty, spiteful little man with no heart or compassion. I'm pulling for the kid, and I hope it all works out for him.