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

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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!!!

    braindeaddog

    April 12th, 2009
    12:13 am

    45-42, noodle.

    DAWGZBaBEE

    April 12th, 2009
    12:13 am

    DaWGz DidUNT WaNT HIM ENNtywaaay.

    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.

    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!!!!

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Stillmore

    April 12th, 2009
    7:46 am

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

    NikkiFree

    April 12th, 2009
    7:48 am

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Dawgtime

    April 12th, 2009
    9:43 am

    Impressive family and young man.

    Rob

    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.

    Jim

    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.

    Not Disappointed

    April 12th, 2009
    10:56 am

    Good luck younger Shaw at South Carolina. Ramblin Wreck!

    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?!

    Rueben "the felon" Houston

    April 12th, 2009
    12:05 pm

    Isn’t Eddie Lee Ivory a convicted child molester?

    SCTally!

    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.

    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.

    gatorman770

    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.

    macrotech

    April 12th, 2009
    12:55 pm

    Colonial Dawg, i guess not.

    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.

    lawzoo

    April 12th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    Welcome to the Carolina family. It’s a great place to be and you will NEVER regret your decision.

    Goooooooooooooo C O C K S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lawzoo

    April 12th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    Enter your comments here

    the real OLD GOLD

    April 12th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    Good luck kid. You gotta make your own way in this world. You’ll be better off for it.

    “BrainDawg” (who I suspect is an idiot): Last time I checked Georgia Tech’s football program has 4 National Titles and 15 Conference Titles (including 13 SEC). I guess if your reasoning is correct UGA is a Gymnastics school?

    lawzoo

    April 12th, 2009
    1:08 pm

    On another note I would like to compliment most of the Tech posters for showing a lot of class. Seriously, it reflect well on the school and fans. There are not many colleges with grads./fans who would wish a recruit luck after he chose a different path.
    My father was an engineer ,no class however…..he went to clemson!(TRUTH)

    smydauf

    April 12th, 2009
    1:23 pm

    @The Man: I don’t really see any Tech fans bashing SC or Connor. Maybe one idiot (who may very well be a dog fan) but mostly Tech fans appear to be wishing Shaw the best of luck though they would have liked for him to have come to GT. What the hell else do you want?

    wreckmaniac

    April 12th, 2009
    1:27 pm

    Braindeaddawg:

    He obviously had enough sense to know that at UGA you’re just one of
    500 pineriders. He also had enough sense to appreciate playing for a great coach vs playing for pretend-to-be-great coaches.

    PTC DAWG

    April 12th, 2009
    1:42 pm

    Good luck to the kid..

    And to the poster that claims GT has 13 SEC Football Titles….well, you are wrong…

    When you say BUD-weiser ....

    April 12th, 2009
    1:42 pm

    I think he’s a Miller Lite drinker so Tech’s out for CS.

    All kidding aside, I wish no ill will on him [CS], and I respect his honesty about not wanting to compete with his brother. However, I personally believe it goes a little farther than just his brother.

    I don’t know the exact details of the QB situation at SC, but I don’t believe there are near the # of potential competitors at the position as there will be at GT for CS. After his redshirt year, CS would have had his brother (Sr), Tevin Washington (Jr), Jordan Luallen (Soph, if redshirted in ‘09), and David Sims (Soph, if redshirted in ‘09) to compete with for playing time. And CS is surely not going to college b/c he wants to watch from the sideline.

    So SC is probably a great choice for CS; I wish him the best. And I do agree with the poster that says another 6-6 or 7-6 season under Spurrier, and the boosters at SC will be looking to replace the ole ball coach.

    misterwax

    April 12th, 2009
    1:51 pm

    It’s really a crying shame that most of these opinions on here have poor grammar, poor spelling and poor reasoning….talking smack is a sure sign of idiocy and if you were in person or in a business meeting you would keep your mouth shut….like the old cliche’ ….it is wiser to remain silent and be thought a fool than to one one’s mouth and remove all doubt!

    Go Jackets!

    misterwax

    April 12th, 2009
    1:52 pm

    sorry, open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

    The Man

    April 12th, 2009
    1:53 pm

    smydauf- You’re oblivious. I can remember at least 3 without even looking up to find them again. You need to chill out and go have another beer until you pass out. That’s all GT is good for anyways.

    brick

    April 12th, 2009
    2:18 pm

    A good choice for him, any qb with hopes of playing in the NFL, or playing qb in the NFL would be foolish going to Tech. Granted Spurrior’s qbs haven’t done well in the NFL but at least they learn how to throw the ball.

    gtforever

    April 12th, 2009
    2:31 pm

    Braindawg=BrainDEAD

    the real OLD GOLD

    April 12th, 2009
    5:58 pm

    PTC Dawg: SIAA, SoCon, and SEC titles combined are all recognized at SEC titles by all SEC schools. It was always the same conference, the name simply changed over the years. Then the SoCon was reorganized as a I-AA conference. YOU are wrong. And did you have any comments about the National Titles? Didn’t think so.

    macrotech

    April 12th, 2009
    6:15 pm

    The Man, thank you for removing ALL doubt. ;0)

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    The Big Bug

    April 12th, 2009
    9:27 pm

    Brick thick, you don’t really think this kid is jumping to the NFL, do you? By the way, you’re redundant.

    Stillmore

    April 12th, 2009
    10:11 pm

    South Carolina has a better SEC East record in football the last years than Georgia? Did anyone know that?

    Olan Mills

    April 12th, 2009
    11:26 pm

    What’s with that picture of CS and his father; couldn’t they have just stood there side-by-side? And who snapped the photo, a drunk midget??

    Robot Man

    April 12th, 2009
    11:28 pm

    Roll call for Robot, Techies.

    Good for Connor. He might have a shot playing for the coach formerly known as Steve Spurrier. We’re set for years at QB at Georgia Tech. I KNOW THIS …… Nesbitt is a 100 times better than Joe Cox. He looked awful in the G-Day game HAHAHAA. 45-42!!!! We own the mutts.

    Jacket Ted

    April 12th, 2009
    11:31 pm

    I LOVE IT. ROBOT, ROLL CALL!!!!!

    45-42

    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.

    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.

    gtman

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Tom

    April 13th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Congrats and good luck to Connor!

    AGTFan

    April 13th, 2009
    3:51 pm

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

    THWG

    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

    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.

    bramey

    April 14th, 2009
    7:35 am

    congrats to both of the shaw boys and their father….they have deep roots in rabun co. and we couldn’t be happier, seeing their names in the ajc and on tv make them stars….may all their dreams come true.

    DAWG U R

    April 17th, 2009
    8:02 pm

    Once upon a time there was this very young lady from a great low country town of Beufort that was wronged by a usc (the one in South Carolina) coach who’s name I will not revel being he was a beloved gentle man from the fine state of South Carolina. He was poor upon arrival but had loads of money at departure as do all coach’s that coach at the University of South Carolina.Well as the story goes she sought revenge in a way of no other by placing her VOODOO on all that play or coach there. That my friends is the story of how the COCKS recieved the CHICKEN CURSE and if you do not believe me you can ask Lou Holtz. SHOULD OF KEPT SKIP HOLTZ but noooo. Just you what to next year!!!