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Top QB target Shaw commits to USC

Connor Shaw
Connor Shaw

Quarterback Connor Shaw (6-2 198) of Flowery Branch, GA committed to USC Saturday afternoon shortly after the conclusion of the spring game.

Shaw and his family drove in from Atlanta after watching his brother, Jaybo, in a spring practice at Georgia Tech.

"He told us he was going to commit (to USC) so we left the scrimmage and made it to Columbia near the end of the game," said his father Lee Shaw. "We went to the locker room and he met up with coach (G.A.) Mangus and coach (Steve) Spurrier and made the commitment there."

Shaw chose the Gamecocks over offers from Georgia Tech, Stanford, West Virginia, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Central Florida.

"I just felt like it was the place for me," he said. "I had been to a couple of places and it just felt right. I met with the coaches a couple of times and I had an idea. It turned out right."

Last season Shaw passed for 2,220 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he rushed for 946 yards and 10 scores. He feels what he does well will fit in with what the Gamecocks will be doing on offense.

"Coach Mangus brought in more of a zone read, which I do in high school," Shaw said. "Me being a dual-threat quarterback, I feel I can do well there. There are some great quarterbacks at South Carolina, so we'll see how it goes."

Shaw plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll in January, so he will be able to go through practice next spring.

He's the fourth commitment for USC's 2010 class.

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