Connor Shaw’s life has been a whirlwind since the end of the 2013 South Carolina football season.
From private workouts to the NFL Combine and multiple personal appearances, Shaw has remained busy since throwing his last pass for the Gamecocks.
“It has been really exciting for me,” Shaw said during a break at the Everett Sports Connor Shaw MVP Camp at the Kroc Center on Saturday morning. “I didn’t have this opportunity while playing at South Carolina the last four years. To be able to get in front of these kids and develop and see them one-on-one is an exciting opportunity.”
There were 120 kids at the camp, during which Shaw was assisted by former USC wide receiver Toby Cates and former Clemson receiver Airese Curry.
Shaw spent time with each camper wanting to become a quarterback. He corrected footwork, release points and the plethora of other things needed to succeed at the position.
“I’m a coach at heart,” said Shaw, whose father is a high school football coach. “I think, when my playing days are over I will get into it.”
The chances of Shaw having to delay that decision for a while appear strong. A solid performance at the Combine has led to private workouts with a few NFL teams, including with the New England Patriots recently in Columbia.
Shaw worked out in Atlanta before the Combine but has since moved back to Columbia, where he is preparing for USC’s Pro Day on April 2 and is often joined by former teammates Jadeveon Clowney, Bruce Ellington, Victor Hampton, Jimmy Legree and Kelcy Quarles.
Shaw developed a close relationship with USC coach Steve Spurrier, who calls Shaw the greatest quarterback in Gamecocks history. Spurrier has spoken frequently of his belief that Shaw could have a productive NFL career.
“I am very coachable,” Shaw said. “I’m very competitive and I do things right on and off the field. I think that is why Coach Spurrier likes me.”
Shaw conceded having Spurrier’s approval has been a plus considering he grew up following his career.
“It is very special to me, especially considering there are not a lot of quarterbacks he has said positive things about,” Shaw said, chuckling. “It is really awesome, and to be able to say I played for my childhood idol is pretty awesome as well.”