Georgia Tech QB’s brother commits to Steve Spurrier over Jackets

QB Connor Shaw plays QB for his father, Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw. Connor's older brother is Georgia Tech QB Jaybo Shaw

QB Connor Shaw plays QB for his father, Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw (right). Connor, one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks, is the younger brother of Georgia Tech's Jaybo Shaw. (AJC)

Big brother played a big factor in one of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks committing to Steve Spurrier and South Carolina over Georgia Tech.

Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw is the younger brother of Georgia Tech quarterback Jaybo Shaw. Big brother’s presence had its advantages and disadvantages for the Jackets in recruiting.

“Jaybo and I are real close,” Connor told the AJC. “We always talked about how cool it would be to play with each other again after high school. He’s the main reason I wanted to go to Georgia Tech. However, ultimately it came down to us competing for the same job … My parents are excited for me. They are just trying to figure out which games to go to in a couple of years, the games at South Carolina or Georgia Tech.”

Connor picked South Carolina over offers from Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Central Florida and East Carolina. He also had serious interest from more than 40 schools, including UGA, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, UCLA, North Carolina, and Oregon. Shaw was invited to Georgia’s spring game on Saturday by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

“[Bobo] was contacting me all week, trying to get me over there for spring practice,” Shaw said. “I didn’t go because I didn’t want to lead on anybody this late in the recruiting process. I was down to South Carolina and Georgia Tech, and didn’t want to make it more complicated for anybody.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Shaw ended up choosing to play with his childhood hero, Steve Spurrier. “He has one of the greatest offensive minds in the history of college football. I grew up loving [Spurrier]. I know he’s strict on his QBs, but any coach does that. Spurrier is a really a laid-back and enjoyable guy. When I committed, he said that we were going to have some good times together and that ‘South Carolina was the place I needed to be.’”

Connor, 17, said that Jaybo, 19, took the news well. “He was excited for me. He wasn’t pressuring me to go to Georgia Tech. He knew it was my decision to make.” Connor’s decision was nearly Georgia Tech. “It was very close. It would’ve probably gotten ‘old’, competing against each other every day for time at quarterback. We have such a good relationship, I didn’t want that as a brother.”

Connor is a little bit taller, while Jaybo is a little faster. “We’re pretty much eye to eye … the same style of QB’” Shaw said. “We do a lot of things the same. We’re very similar as quarterbacks. Of course, it will change up in college because we’ll both be playing in different types of offenses.”

But it the was one thing that the brothers share most in common that factored into Jaybo’s decision – competitiveness. “We compete in everything, everything you name it and it has been that way since we were little,” Connor said with a laugh. “We’re brothers. We both want to beat out each other in everything. We wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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  • 62 comments Add your comment

    Steve Spurrier

    April 12th, 2009
    7:33 am

    Great backfield of the future with Jarvis Giles, Kenny Miles and company. Reports of my death are greatly exagerated as our spring game showed yesterday. Beware SEC.

    Colonial Dawg

    April 12th, 2009
    7:11 am

    macrotech – don’t you recognize your own tekkie poster when you see one?

    Good luck at SC young man.

    macrotech

    April 12th, 2009
    3:54 am

    DAWGZBaBEE, you say that the dawgs didn’t want this kid, yet bobo was calling him all week trying to get him to come the spring game….sounds like they DID want him, afterall…..and LOST! The kids reasoning for choosing usc over Tech makes good sense…. got to wish him the best! Afterall, he’ll get as many chances to beat those car chasers each year!!!! Good luck, kid! GO TECH!!!!

    BS Patrol

    April 12th, 2009
    12:57 am

    No big whoops. Good luck. But I don’t think I would have picked USC.
    As for the SEC, over-hyped. The BIG TWO.

    DAWGZBaBEE

    April 12th, 2009
    12:13 am

    DaWGz DidUNT WaNT HIM ENNtywaaay.

    braindeaddog

    April 12th, 2009
    12:13 am

    45-42, noodle.

    GAMECOCKBOY

    April 11th, 2009
    11:58 pm

    congrads connor on making a great decision and welcome to the gamecock family…u will be apart of another great recruiting class coming and i can’t wait to see u play….

    GOOO COCKS!!!

    PTC Jacket

    April 11th, 2009
    11:50 pm

    Braindawg: Get a brain. Why can’t you just congratulate this kid without bashing on Georgia Tech?

    mike b

    April 11th, 2009
    11:26 pm

    Who the hell is this kid????we dont need a coachs kid…These bread kids
    dont have the talent..they are robots..come on SC….ITS GOING 2 BE
    A LONG SEASON AGAIN……….dang-it.

    Braindawg

    April 11th, 2009
    11:23 pm

    Good choice, South Caralina is a much better place to play football than GT. Tech is a b-ball school, and SC is more of a football school. Plus you get to play in a much much better conf., since you play football, the SEC is the place for you. If you played b-ball then I would say you made a mistake, since the ACC is the best conf. for basketball.