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 13th, 2009
    10:32 pm

    macrotech- Dude. You’re such a baby. Quit crying about Connor not going to GT. He doesn’t want to compete with his brother and wants to play for a big name coach. Give him and SC some respect. I don’t care what you say to me but you can’t bash him and SC just for not picking GT.

    hall county observer

    April 13th, 2009
    3:59 pm

    hey chuck uga…while we are checking series records why dont we check this also….how many times has tech beat uga in the last 20 yrs and how many times has uga beat florida in the past twenty years…and uga thinks they have a great rivalry with fla….. fla fans think you are a joke….truth hurts dont it


    April 13th, 2009
    3:51 pm

    Now wouldn’t it be great if two Shaw boys beat UGA in the same season?



    April 13th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Congrats and good luck to Connor!

    GA Tech Insider

    April 13th, 2009
    8:21 am

    As much as I’m sure Connor would love being around Jaybo, and his family, it’s never a bad thing for a sibling who my be competing for the same position as his brother to go to another school, especially if there is a slightly different skill set between them.

    In this case, people seem to forget that Jaybo wasn’t as highly recruited as Connor, so the fact that he has the opportunity to play in a system that will allow him to explore different QB “talents,” Connor will a chance to shine on his own.

    Congratulations on the scholarship to South Carolina, Connor, and best of luck next season and during your career in Columbia.

    ACC Football=SEC Basketball

    April 13th, 2009
    8:15 am

    Chuck UGA: Evidentally you must be delusional about UGA being a top 10 team in November.


    April 13th, 2009
    7:41 am

    if he had gone to gt he wouldn’t have competed against his brother he would have ended up getting redshirted and by that time is brother would have been a senior and the following year he would battle it out with Jordan luallen.He probably went to SC because of their lack of any good qbs.

    GT fan

    April 13th, 2009
    1:04 am

    GT fan here saying good for him. We would have LOVED to have him, but turning down Spurrier and his excellent QB coach GA Mangus would be a tough thing for any talented QB.

    Seriously, say what you want to about USC east, but being a QB and having Spurrier want you is like being a software guy and having Bill Gates want you. Can you blame anyone for taking that???!

    I wish him well. We were in his final two, and he decided to go his own way instead of follow his big brother. Anyone who cannot at least respect his decision is being ignorant.

    Chuck Uga

    April 13th, 2009
    12:38 am

    “We own the muts?” Now that is funny!!! Must be comedy hour. And all along I thought Tech people were good at math. Go check the series record, the past 25 games, and better yet, the past 20 games. One (major) upset win does not change anything. Good luck against another Top 10 UGA team next November. You’ll need it.

    Jacket Ted

    April 12th, 2009
    11:31 pm