Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jaylan Shaw got an in-person evaluation from USC defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford at the Empire Showcase last weekend.
That evaluation got Shaw an invitation to the USC Skills Camp Saturday.
“My mindset going into to the camp was to get an offer” said Shaw. “I talked to the DB coach and he told me if I came out and did my thing I could walk away with an offer.
“I just did my thing and showed them what I was about. That was enough to get the offer.”
Shaw and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Quentin Lake both earned scholarship offers from USC after the camp. While Lake is a Bruin legacy, Shaw grew up a USC fan.
“It’s a blessing to get that offer,” said Shaw. “Knowing that I have USC on my list of schools is just a blessing.
“When I was young, USC was always a big name school. I was brought up with Troy Polamalu, Reggie Bush, Carson palmer, Mark Sanchez… it was a well known school and I just wanted to be like all of them one day. I wanted to be on TV with some little kid looking up to me someday.”
Shaw made special mention of his interaction with Clay Helton and the USC coaching staff Saturday.
“I would like to thank the SC coaching staff, especially Coach (Ronnie) Bradford,” said Shaw. “I got a good feel for the coaches tendencies and how they act around their players today. I got to see how intense and how competitive they are.
“It was also nice learning some things about my position I can take with me to the next level.”
Shaw came into the camp Saturday with scholarship offers from Colorado, Boise State, UNLV, Washington State, San Jose State and Nevada.
“The coaches told they were really impressed by my footwork and physicality,” said Shaw. “Coach Bradford also liked my play after the ball was thrown. I showed that I wasn’t go into the air and knock the ball down or try to make a pick.”
As far as picking a school goes, Shaw is still months away from making a commitment. In fact, he hopes USC’s scholarship offer will attract more schools.
“It doesn’t impact my decision on making a commitment,” said Shaw. “I’m still interested in other college coaches looking at me.
“I don’t think I’ll make a decision until November or December — sort of after the season.”