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

    The Man

    April 12th, 2009
    12:57 pm

    Some of you GT fans are messed up. You’re talking crap about Connor and SC just becausse he decided to go there? Very mature. So if he decided to go to GT would you still talk crap about him? I’d think you would wish him luck and hope him and SC does good so he can beat UGA but apparently you’re too busy crying about him not wanting to come to GT.


    April 12th, 2009
    12:55 pm

    Colonial Dawg, i guess not.


    April 12th, 2009
    12:51 pm

    Good choice Conner. You won’t find a better coach to learn the quarterback position from than Steve Spurrier, if you listen to him and soakup what’s he’s teaching. Hope you win ever game…..except when you’re playing the Gators.

    The General Feeling

    April 12th, 2009
    12:20 pm

    Good for Conner. He’ll get to play at USCe whereas Tech is not his game and UGA is a prep-school for clipboard-carrying.


    April 12th, 2009
    12:11 pm

    Regardless of what Spurrier has said about how long he will stay at South Carolina, he is 64 and another 6 and 6 or 7 and 6 season will
    have the alumni running him out of town. His last 2 seasons have produced 13 wins and only 1 bowl game (a blow out loss to Iowa). Spurrier won at Duke and Florida but expecting him to win in Columbia is absurd. I wish Connor well but he is foolish if he thinks SOS is going to be there for his 4 years in Columbia.

    Rueben "the felon" Houston

    April 12th, 2009
    12:05 pm

    Isn’t Eddie Lee Ivory a convicted child molester?

    Pago Flyer

    April 12th, 2009
    11:51 am

    Amazing that DAWG fans will wish this kid good luck…so he’ll come back and beat the DAWGS?!

    Not Disappointed

    April 12th, 2009
    10:56 am

    Good luck younger Shaw at South Carolina. Ramblin Wreck!


    April 12th, 2009
    10:40 am

    The Shaws are a class family. Conner was the offensive MVP at the recent Scout Combine for recruits. He has a quick release and is an excellent QB. I am surprised UGA was late jumping on this kid.


    April 12th, 2009
    9:47 am

    It will hurt to watch Connor succeed at SC, as he most definitely will, but I don’t think Tech fans will hold it against him. You’ve got to respect the honesty he showed, unlike a recruit from last year’s class.