Dynamic Athlete Gets Offer from Vols

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    Versatility has become a huge emphasis for Tennessee on the recruiting trail. The Vols’ coaching staff have offered many athletes who can play multiple positions, and that remains true with one of their latest offers in the 2020 class.

    Tennessee has sent out an offer to four-star athlete Eric Shaw out of Notasulga, Alabama. Shaw plays for Reeltown High School, and he added an offer from the Vols to an already large list of offers.

    According to 247Sports, Shaw is the No. 297 overall prospect and No. 17 athlete in the 2020 class. He’s right outside the range of a four-star in the composite rankings, and those ratings have him as the No. 372 overall player. Shaw has picked up offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, and Nebraska among others in 2019 already.

    At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Shaw already has really good size and has the ideal frame for the next level. He plays wide receiver, H-back, and linebacker for Reeltown, and he was on his way to a memorable season in 2018 before he tore his ACL just six games into his junior campaign.

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    The film of Shaw before his injury is very impressive.

    Shaw looks like an adult playing among children on his film at times, but he looks good even against the better competition as well. He’s a good route runner on offense, and he has some soft hands. He had elite athleticism before his injury, so it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back from his unfortunate setback. He’s a very physical player who hits hard on defense and looks impossible to tackle on offense.

    In just six games before his torn ACL, Shaw totaled 60 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery on defense. On offense, Shaw had 11 carries for 248 yards and three touchdowns and caught six passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He was also named to the second-team offense of the Opelika-Auburn News All-Area Offensive Team for smaller schools in the area despite missing time with the torn ACL.

    Shaw’s recovery will be the biggest thing to watch with him. He’s already had several months to rehab from his ACL injury, but it will be worth keeping an eye on if he goes to camps and performs in front of coaches this summer. His senior season will also be watched closely by many coaches across the country.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.