Spurrier Offers 2010 QB

One of the biggest needs for the South Carolina Gamecocks 2010 recruiting class is a top-ranked quarterback. With quarterback Chris Smelley transferring and the possibility the Gamecocks won't take a signal-caller this class, depth at the position is a major concern. Steve Spurrier has already offered two 2010 west coast signal-callers; this week he offered one a little bit closer to Columbia.

6', 175-pound Flowery Branch HS (Flowery Branch, GA) quarterback Connor Shaw got a big surprise Wednesday when South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier , new quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus and Shane Beamer came to his school with some news.

"South Carolina actually came down to the school today and gave me an offer as a quarterback," Shaw said. "Spurrier came down with G.A. Mangus and their recruiting coordinator Coach Beamer and they brought an official offer today. That makes the third offer I have with Georgia Tech and Stanford so my recruiting has picked up a lot lately."

Even though the South Carolina program hasn't progressed as quickly as Spurrier would have hoped, his name still carries weight in the home of high school quarterbacks.

"Oh my gosh, I mean as a kid I was a big Gator fan because of Coach Spurrier," he explained. "And it means a lot. There's a select few that have been offered by Steve Spurrier and that's an honor. And also an offer coming from an SEC school, which it was my first, I felt very honored and very humbled."

Shaw says the Gamecocks have been recruiting him harder recently than they were at first, but he still didn't expect an offer. He says the visit from Spurrier and crew went well.

"They kind of talked briefly about academics and depth chart and how many quarterback they're taking in," Shaw said. "I talked to Coach Spurrier a little bit. Mainly it was the coaches talking to my dad, which is my head coach."

Shaw's brother, Jaybo Shaw, is a quarterback at Georgia Tech. Because of this, Connor is extremely comfortable with that staff and program.

"I love Georgia Tech. The location is awesome. The coaching staff feels like family to me. I've made several visits to Tech. I've (been to) several games. Tech is my leader right now, because that's really the place I've visited the most."

While Tech is the leader, Shaw says the Gamecocks quickly shot up his leader board with the offer. The Gamecocks will get the chance to impress Shaw in February.

"It's a close second with South Carolina and I love that they're in the SEC and their coaching staff," Shaw said. "Their new (quarterbacks coach) G.A. Mangus actually recruited my brother at Middle Tennessee St. My brother had a close relationship with him and he committed to Middle Tennessee. St. but decommitted to Tech. Coach Mangus has a really good relationship with me and my family, so that's a plus for South Carolina. I went with my brother on a visit there and I really liked the campus. I'll be going back to South Carolina February 21 for a junior day and we'll see how it goes."

Shaw is also receiving interest from Clemson and West Virginia. He will take a return visit to Georgia Tech January 31 and a first trip to Stanford in February. He also plans to visit West Virginia and Clemson soon.

Shaw's high school runs the spread offense, so he considers himself a dual-threat quarterback. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and passed for over 2,000 yards leading his team to the state championship game this season.

"I'm more of a West Virginia-type offense guy. That's what we run at my high school, and it's built around a dual-threat quarterback. That's what would make it so much more special if West Virginia offered, because they run the same offense we do."

The latest trend is for top-rated quarterbacks to end their recruitment early on in the process. The visits Shaw will take in the next few months will play a large part in what program he picks. While he won't decide as early as some have recently, he doesn't want the process to extend too late into his senior season.

"Actually, I'm graduating early so I'll graduate after the fall semester," Shaw says. "I would like to have a decision before my senior season, and if not then between the first couple of games of the season."

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