Jaybo Shaw has always wanted to be a teacher and coach, like his dad, Lee, the head coach at Flowery Branch High School.
And if he happens to one day replicate what his most recent coach has experienced, well, he says that’d be fine too.
“If I could win the ACC and have the success that coach Johnson has had I’d be happy with that,” Shaw said.
Shaw, who confirmed on Monday that he was transferring from Georgia Tech to Georgia Southern, said he is leaving because he wants to earn a degree in education, something Tech doesn’t offer.
Tech and Georgia State tried to work out a joint program that would help him one day become a teacher. But it didn’t work out. So he decided that he would be happier if he could get a degree in his chosen field.
“I’ve always been around football,” Shaw said. “I’ve known I wanted to be a coach since I started playing sports.”
Once he made his decision he only told a few people, but word got out two weeks ago.
He didn’t confirm it then because Johnson was out of town at a coaching clinic.
Once Johnson returned, Shaw said they talked and Johnson granted him his release.
Shaw then spoke to new Eagles’ coach Jeff Monken, a former Tech assistant who will install the same spread-option offense in Statesboro.
He’s in the process of applying to Georgia Southern and wants to get down there by the summer so that he can get to know his new team.
Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining. He played a lot as a freshman in 2008, passing for 321 yards and rushing for 200. But a broken collarbone sustained during August set him back last season and his playing time was reduced to a few snaps.
He said he’s not worried that the Jackets will be without him and starter Josh Nesbitt (ankle surgery) once spring practice starts on March 29.
“They’ve got a lot of talent with Tevin [Washington] and David [Sims] and Jordan [Luallen],” Shaw said. “They’re good enough players that they are going to succeed.”