When he wasn't starting both ways for defending state champion Tucker (Ga.) High, 2014 4-star defensive tackle Elisha Shaw spent the fall getting acquainted with schools across the Southeast.
With his junior season in the rearview mirror, Shaw, who finished with 29 tackles and four sacks from his defensive tackle position, shed some light on what he enjoyed about visits to Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.
Alabama: "It was very good. It gave me a lot of information I needed. It really just showed me how it would be if I was there. It's a great school with great coaches and it's a great team. They seem like a brotherhood and it's just one big family."
Florida State: "I've been to Florida State a few times and every time I go it's a lot of fun. The coaches are real cool and laid back. I like to see the team compete. They have a real good tempo and work hard. Overall the atmosphere on game day is what stands out the most."
Georgia: "It's a real nice school and a real nice team. They have good coaches and they treat you like you're already a part of the team. They do whatever it takes for their players and they're with you on and off the field and make sure you're making the right decisions. They really stick together."
Shaw already has offers from all three schools as well as Georgia Tech. A far cry from the offseason after his freshman year, when he didn't make grades and was ineligible as a sophomore.
He credits a renewed work ethic with his change both on and off the field.
"I really didn't know that working hard and being a big-time player was a possibility as a freshman," he said. "I started to work hard and to see that work pay off in the classroom. I finally stopped messing around when I didn't get to play last year and my new approach has worked out great."
Shaw is planning a big offseason of camp visits as well as molding his 6-foot-6, 300-pound body into better shape to prepare for his senior season.
"I'm going to do a lot of camps this year," he said. "I'm going to do a lot of junior days as well and just get out there because once you see me live and in person it's a different thing."
Either way, Shaw said he's not losing focus on his No. 1 goal.
"My biggest thing is to make sure my grades are right," he said. "After that, I want to work hard and train so hard that playing next year will be easy. I'm playing basketball this year so I should stay in great shape and I want to keep it that way."