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

    Dawgtime

    April 12th, 2009
    9:43 am

    Impressive family and young man.

    red92s

    April 12th, 2009
    9:23 am

    Briandawg,

    Tell that to big brother Jaybo, who came in during the 4th quarter against UGA to pick up a crucial 1st down and keep the clock moving and keep UGA fans streaming towards the exits.

    Connor is a smart kid and will do well wherever he lands.

    Hardrock

    April 12th, 2009
    9:05 am

    smart move conner ! you will have a shot at a heisman with this coach you come from great family and school . would’ve prefered the dawgs. anyway, good luck.

    Tokyo jacket

    April 12th, 2009
    8:51 am

    I like the statement that SC is a football school – pure genius! GT (and UGA for that matter) have been to more bowl games on their current streak than USC has been to in the school’s history. What a moronic comment. GT has more national championships than SC has bowl wins. I’m just amazed at the idiocy of that comment.

    Eddie Lee Ivery was a GB Packer

    April 12th, 2009
    8:31 am

    Braindawg must not know how many players GT puts in the NFL every year – GT has been a national player in football and basketball for much longer than SC – SC wasn’t a national player in either until Lou Holtz came along – the kid is going to SC cuz that’s where the evil genius is

    hall county observer

    April 12th, 2009
    8:09 am

    such fun to try to decide which one of you posters make the stupidest comments. the leaders in the clubhouse, and in no particular order, are JerryJacket, DAWGZBaBEE, and mike b.

    NikkiFree

    April 12th, 2009
    7:48 am

    Oops! I meant “Dawg”. ( I wish you could go back and edit these things. LOL)

    Stillmore

    April 12th, 2009
    7:46 am

    South Carolina is in the SEC? Did anyone realize that?

    NikkiFree

    April 12th, 2009
    7:45 am

    His childhood hero is Steve Spurrier?! He’s definitely not Dawgt material. Good luck at South Carolina though, Conner.

    JerryJacket

    April 12th, 2009
    7:37 am

    Not competing does not add up after a redshirt year he would have four years left to one for his brother . With all the quarterbacks interested in coming to Tech big brothers playing time maybe at wide receiver unless he gets big enough to play college ball