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Highly recruited defensive tackle Elisha Shaw from Tucker, Ga., planned to play football for the University of Alabama but a neck injury during preseason high school drills in August cut Shaw playing career short.

Even though doctors confirmed that Shaw would never play again, Alabama still honored his scholarship. Per

Elisha Shaw was a highly recruited defensive tackle in Tucker, Ga., when he suffered a neck injury that ended his senior season before it began. Shaw recently learned that due to the injury, he's unlikely to ever play again.

On national signing day Wednesday, however, Shaw committed to Alabama as part of a Tucker High signing ceremony that included 15 other athletes. He did not sign a letter of intent, according to Tucker High coach Bryan Lamar, but will receive a medical hardship scholarship. The medical exemption allows Alabama to pay his tuition without counting him against the Crimson Tide's 85-scholarship limit.
Shaw Tweeted this picture from his HS Signing Day Ceremony yesterday:

Elisha shaw @elisha_shaw
Igive all my thanks to god for making all things possible and for letting me be strong and for all his blessings #rt
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Comments (6) - Add Comments

JumpingTheShark - 22 months ago
Solid move Gumps! That's legit
SmackDaniels - 22 months ago
Justin Taylor is not impressed.
cokebottleag - 22 months ago
"For the record, athletes who sign but have injuries before they get to play do not count against the cap on athletic scholarships."

Only if the NCAA grants an exception.
loweralabamatrojan - 22 months ago
Good for Bama. It's the right thing to do.
Hog on the Hill - 22 months ago
Will be processed next year
cwil177 - 22 months ago
Class move by Bama. Texas A&M recently did the exact same thing with a kid who doctors found had a congenital spinal disorder affecting his cervical vertebrae. Non contact is fine but he could literally get paralyzed with any hit in football, or worse, so obviously that's a no go. For the record, athletes who sign but have injuries before they get to play do not count against the cap on athletic scholarships.
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