The Middle Tennessee State coaching staff has had their eyes on some premium dual-threat quarterbacks over this off-season, and now they have one who has put them at the top of his list.
Jaybo Shaw, a 3-star recruit with a 5.5 rivals rating, put MT on the top of a short list that includes the likes of some big hitters.
Shaw's list, in order, is Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Air Force, Georgia, and then Jacksonville State.
So why is Middle Tennessee leading the way with this talented recruit? The answer is G.A. Mangus.
Through various text messages and a meeting with Mangus in the spring, Shaw says he could tell right away that Mangus and the Blue Raiders are a team he could really see himself playing for.
"I remember when they offered me and just being around him for a few hours I could tell what kind of man he was," Shaw said. "When I choose my college that's going to be big on my list, I want to play for the kind of guy that does the right thing on and off the field. Just being around him I can tell he is that kind of guy."
Shaw, who is ranked 21 in the country among dual threat quarterbacks, says that ideally he would want to commit to a school before his senior season at Flowery Branch begins.
Shaw currently plays for his father, Lee Shaw, and one of his favorite targets on his team is his little brother Conner, so he is looking to enjoy that for one more year.
"A part of me really wants to go ahead and commit before the season because this will probably be the last year I play for my dad," Shaw said. "I want to enjoy my senior season and not have to think about recruiting all the time."
Shaw says he currently has three offers on the table. Middle Tennessee, Air Force, and Jacksonville State have all extended offers, while he says he is getting some heavy attention from Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Clemson recently.
Shaw says that schools like Alabama have backed off of him as of late, and he feels a big reason he hasn't seen more offers is because of his lack of size.
Shaw admits that his lack of height and weight is mainly the reason he hasn't seen more offers rolling in.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Shaw says he's looking for a school that is not necessarily interested in his physical attributes, but rather the size of his heart and will to win.
"You can't judge a guy by his outside when he knows how to win on the inside and you know how he plays with his heart," Shaw said. "I feel like a lot of schools look at my size and just go on, but Middle Tennessee and coach Mangus believe in me and think I can get it done, so that's a real big plus for me. That's big."
On the field though, nobody can deny Jaybo Shaw's raw talent with his legs as well as his arm.
"I'm a playmaker," Shaw said. "I want the ball in my hands every play, that's why I love being a quarterback. I love the pressure and I know I can get it done and score every time the ball is in my hands.
Playing for his father has been a blessing according to Shaw. With all the stress that goes through players during recruiting times, Shaw says his father has been great in not telling him what to do and where to go, but rather just advising him to follow his own heart and go someplace where he can feel comfortable calling it home for four or five years.
"Just being able to talk to him and understand his knowledge has really helped me out," Shaw said. "He hasn't told me where to go, he just tells me to go somewhere where I know I'll be happy."
Shaw says aside from recruiting, he is just focused on leading Flowery Branch to a regional title, something that has eluded them in the past.
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