Jaybo Talks about GT Commitment

Quarterback Jaybo Shaw is the first new commitment at Georgia Tech since the Yellow Jackets named former Navy Head Coach Paul Johnson their new coach. He talks about his role in the new Tech offense, about Coach Johnson and even his connection to another Tech commit.

Quarterback Jaybo Shaw is the first new commitment at Georgia Tech since the Yellow Jackets named former Navy Head Coach Paul Johnson their new coach. It's a clear indication that the style of offense at GT won't resemble the offense under former Head Coach Chan Gailey. Shaw is an athletic QB who'll be capable of running Coach Johnson's triple option-style offense.

"It just happened," said Shaw. "Actually this morning I called Middle Tennessee and de-committed from them and now I'm going to Georgia Tech." The Tech coaches have stayed involved with Jaybo all throughout the recruiting process. "They stayed on me," said Shaw, "and kept recruiting me." He got to meet Coach Johnson in person for the first time yesterday when Johnson and GT special teams coach Charles Kelly came by for an in-home visit.

But these past few days weren't the first time Shaw had phone conversations with Coach Paul Johnson. "Actually Coach (Paul) Johnson and Coach (Brian) Bohannan, one of Coach Johnson's coaches at Navy, recruited me really hard while they were at Navy and they knew all about me," said Shaw. So when Johnson arrived at GT, he called Jaybo up, found out there was some mutual interest and they arranged for the in-home visit. Shaw mentioned that he was very interested in playing for Johnson before but wasn't interested in attending one of the service academies.

Jaybo talked a little about what Tech fans can expect to see in Coach Johnson's offense as the coach explained it to him. "He said they were going to run the triple option like he's been doing ever since he got into coaching," said Shaw. "He said he feels like he can spread it out more at Georgia Tech better than he could at Navy. He's going to run the triple and he's going to throw the ball around too."

When asked if he had any one particular strength or favorite aspect of quarterbacking in this kind of offense, Shaw expressed his desire to succeed both on the ground and in the air. "During my freshman and sophomore years of high school, running was the thing I really wanted to do – what I felt good doing," said Shaw. "In my junior and senior years I've run for over 1,000 yards both years but I've thrown for over 2,000 [too]. Really it doesn't matter to me. I like doing both."

For Tech fans who are still just trying to get to know Coach Johnson and figure out what kind of guy he is, Jaybo was asked to give his impression on his new coach. "He's a guy who'll shoot you straight and he believes in his offense," said Shaw. "And to me that's all you've got to have a guy do. As long as he believes, it's going to be successful. It's worked everywhere he's coached at. He's been successful. He has won plenty of ball games, won 2 National Championships at (Georgia) Southern, and look at what he did at Navy. He's a winner – you can tell that from just being in his presence. He knows how to win."

Jaybo is already very close with one of the current Tech commits. "Me and T.J. Pridemore are really good friends," said Shaw. TJ, from Buford, is only about 10 minutes away from Shaw's town of Flowery Branch. Shaw said he hasn't spoken to TJ yet today to tell him the good news because Pridemore is preparing to play tonight in the state championship. "Me and him are pretty close, we're pretty much always hanging out and talking." Pridemore was visited by Coach Johnson this week as well for an in-home visit, but he was also visited by West Virginia which had some Tech fans concerned that TJ was looking around because of the coaching change. "I don't know exactly what he's going to do," said Shaw. "That's going to be totally up to him but from what I know, he still likes Georgia Tech and he's still committed."

Shaw's official visit to Tech has been setup for January 11th. "I'm not going to take anymore visits," said Shaw. "I'm done with recruiting and Tech is where I'm going for sure 100%."


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