Shaw pulls the trigger, commits to USC

After the class of 2009 came to a close, the South Carolina coaching staff knew one of its biggest needs for the class of 2010 would be a big-time quarterback. Saturday they got their man, when Flowery Branch (GA) quarterback Connor Shaw committed to his childhood idol Steve Spurrier at USC's Garnet and Black Spring Game. Look inside for the story.

After the class of 2009 came to a close, the South Carolina coaching staff knew one of its biggest needs for the class of 2010 would be a big-time quarterback. Saturday they got their man, when Flowery Branch (GA) quarterback Connor Shaw committed to his childhood idol Steve Spurrier at USC's Garnet and Black Spring Game.

"It just felt like home," Shaw said following the commitment. "I kind of knew before I came, but after the spring game I just felt like this was the place for me."

Shaw, who said prior to his spring game visit that USC and Georgia Tech were "neck and neck", chose the Gamecocks over offers from Tech, West Virginia, Wake Forest, ECU and Stanford.

He also said Friday afternoon that the visit could be a difference-maker in who he chose.

Shaw, who was on campus for the second time this week, chose the Gamecocks due to the USC offense, the opportunity to play for Steve Spurrier, and his relationship with quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.

"I definitely enjoyed it," Shaw said of his two-day visit earlier this week. "I got to sit through position meetings with Coach Spurrier and the offense. I got to meet some cool guys down there. I really like Coach Mangus. I liked to see what they did at practice; that was pretty neat. Overall I had a pretty good feel of it."

The Shaw family already had a previous relationship with Mangus. Shaw's brother Jaybo was at one time committed to Mangus while the former offensive coordinator was at Middle Tennessee State.

Jaybo Shaw eventually decommitted and signed with Georgia Tech, which was a big reason Connor has such an excellent relationship with the Tech staff. Prior to the USC commitment, sources told GamecockAnthem.com that it would be hard for Shaw to tell the GT staff, "no."

"Their coaching staff, I have a really good relationship with them. And I've been there a 1,000 times and it's just real comfortable. But I'm getting the same way with South Carolina now," Shaw said on Friday prior to making his USC commitment.

Shaw must have felt comfortable enough with the Gamecock staff. While he was turning South Carolina fans' heads with his commitment Saturday, Shaw was turning spectators' heads Friday with his outstanding performance at the Atlanta Scout.com combine. Shaw took home the Offensive MVP award for the entire camp.

Shaw says he will now turn his attention to recruiting other players to join him at South Carolina.

Shaw closed by describing what type player Gamecock fans can expect to see in him when he trots onto the field at Williams-Brice Stadium in the coming years.

"I'm a dual-threat quarterback and I really rely on that. South Carolina is bringing in more of a zone-read, so it will be interesting, and I like they way they do things [with the] shotgun."

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