Memorable Visit for Shaw

Flowery Branch quarterback and South Carolina commitment Connor Shaw has been a Gamecock since he committed to Steve Spurrier and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus at the Garnet and Black Spring Game in April. But that isn't going to keep the talented dual-threat quarterback from still making visits to USC. Tuesday Shaw made the drive to Columbia for a session of the Steve Spurrier Summer Camp.

There's no question that saying Connor Shaw was a Steve Spurrier fan as a kid is an understatement. According to Shaw's father, Flowery Branch head coach Lee Shaw, he once had to paint his then-kid son's room blue and orange because of Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun attack at Florida.

The 6-2, 175-pound three-star-rated quarterback may be all grown up now, but that doesn't mean he didn't have to take a second to sit back and enjoy the moment when he was slinging the ball around with the Ol' Ball Coach at the Steve Spurrier Camp Tuesday.

"When he was out there coaching me," Shaw said. "I was just trying to take it in. This is my childhood idol now coaching me up. So it was really neat."

Though it was just one morning, Shaw says he learned a lot from Spurrier and South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.

"His style is a little different," Shaw said of Spurrier. "I'm in the shot gun [in high school], and I don't take those five-step and seven-step drops. But I've done it at camps and all that, I know how to do it, I do it well, I just never do it. He just taught me what he expects out of quarterbacks and what he teaches his quarterbacks to do. And it's a little different than what I've been taught, but you've got to be coachable. I look forward to playing for him."

One aspect Spurrier always seems to change with his incoming quarterbacks is their ball placement when taking those drops. Shaw says Spurrier already worked with him on that while explaining why he wants it done that way.

"He wants it a little back," Shaw says. "Most high school quarterbacks are taught to keep it mainly on your right pec, you know not all the way back on your shoulder, because if you put it on your shoulder it tends to close in your shoulder and you can't scan the whole field. But when you get in the SEC, you're going to have to learn to put the ball back, because you're really only going to have time to read one side of the field because you're not going to be able to scan the field like you can in high school, because these guys are just way too fast."

Shaw will get to see just how fast SEC defenses are in less than eight months. He plans to graduate early from high school and enroll at USC in January.

But as for this week, it was just another good visit to the school he has visited multiple times now.

"I had a good visit," he said. "This morning it was around whatever time their session started. But yeah I got a chance to get coached up by Coach Spurrier and Coach (G.A.) Mangus, so that was pretty cool. And after that we went over to the in-door, and I got to throw with some of my teammates. They got evaluated."

The USC coaches liked one of Shaw's teammates so much he left with a verbal offer from the Gamecocks. Class of 2012 running back Amani Cross is a 6-0, 215-pound work-horse back who also has an offer from UCF. Cross rushed for over 800 yards as a freshman and is the brother of 2009 Georgia Tech signee Izaan Cross, who also had an offer from the Gamecocks.

Following working out for the coaches, Shaw and his teammates took a tour of the USC campus.

"Coach Mangus toured us around," Shaw said. "I've toured it about four times, but I still enjoyed it. Our players really enjoyed it."

Next on the slate for Shaw this summer is a 7-on-7 tournament this Friday and Saturday. After that, he plans to take a much-deserved vacation at some point.

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