In more ways than one, Flowery Branch rising junior Connor Shaw could follow in the footsteps of his older brother Jaybo Shaw.
Connor will not only start at quarterback for the Falcons when the season opens on Aug. 29ll, but has also received a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech for his play at wide receiver and cornerback over the last two years.
In 2007, Connor caught 59 passes for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“It’s a great honor for Connor to even be looked at,” Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw said. “Jaybo (Shaw) helped put Flowery Branch on the map and now that we’re there, it’s awesome.
Connor, who isn’t allowed to commit until the first day of his junior year, first received interest from colleges thanks to his brother Jaybo’s highlight films.
Now, he is getting noticed for different reasons and at a different position. The University of Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson all have Connor in sight and mind as a quarterback.
“Before the summer started Connor wouldn’t have said he wanted to be a college quarterback,” Lee Shaw said. “But he’s made the transition in his mind and skills.”
Beginning with spring practice, Shaw caught the attention of colleges for his play at quarterback.
Over 30 colleges dropped by Flowery Branch High to watch the football team practice. At their spring game representatives from Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Louisville, Tulane, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt could be seen standing in the endzone.
“Seeing all those schools at the spring game was a humbling experience,” Lee Shaw said. “I tell the guys to take the ride, but understand that on Friday nights you play for Flowery Branch. I think it’s important that they remember what got them to the point where they’re getting attention.”
That’s the mentality that Lee Shaw is embedding in his son Connor’s mind too.
“Connor’s only a junior and he’s got business to take care of here (at Flowery Branch),” Lee Shaw said. “I tell him to keep it in perspectice and keep it right in his mind.”