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Ex-Gator DB heading west, transferring to Trojans

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A month and a half after announcing his decision to transfer from Florida, Josh Shaw has found a new football home that’s close to his boyhood home clear on the other side of the country.

Speaking to ESPNLosAngeles.com, Jeff Williams, Shaw’s high school coach, said his former player has decided to transfer to USC to continue his playing career.  The defensive back went to high school just outside of Los Angeles, and informed the Trojans coaching staff of his decision earlier this week to return much closer to home.

“He’s very excited,” Williams told the website. “He’s very fortunate that he has a prestigious school right around the corner from him that is willing to accept him under these circumstances.”

The redshirt freshman is expected to enroll at USC at some point this week, and will participate in spring practice.  He will, barring a successful appeal for a waiver, be forced to sit out the 2012 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.

Shaw, a four-star member of UF’s 2010 recruiting class and the No. 3 cornerback in the country, played in 10 games this past season.

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7 Responses to “Ex-Gator DB heading west, transferring to Trojans”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 7:04 AM

    No problem, Florida is getting a new OC this week. They don’t need a defense.

  2. lilrock9 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:16 AM

    Welcome home Josh ! Fight On!!!!!!

  3. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 9:24 AM

    In reality, he most likely would have been better off not going to the SEC, but Florida was a hot commodity for a few years and he thought he was making a move that would benefit him most, by going with a high visibility team. It is the best move for both him and the university, since both sides have to be happy to make a good partnership. It didn’t help that USC didn’t have it’s full compliment of scholarships and was on bowl restriction due to NCAA punishment.

  4. arizonapetdoctor says: Jan 11, 2012 9:26 AM

    Welcome back to California. This may be why some of the players buried on the depth chart are going transferring elsewhere (although both so far are on offense). Kiffen may be needing to free up some scholarships during the lean era. Props to kiffen for not limiting which schools they can transfer to, including our rivals on the schedule (unlike Dooley at Tenn.)

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 11, 2012 10:57 AM

    Woe,
    USC did have all their scholarships at the time they recruited Shaw but they were going through a bowl ban. Shaw chose Florida because he was personally recruited by Meyer and bought into what he was selling.

    I don’t see Shaw making an impact at USC. The fact he started looking at UCLA after USC got Bowman tells me all I need to know about Shaw. Maybe Monte can coach him up but I think he is afraid of competition.

  6. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 11:04 AM

    If he is afraid of competition, he might be better off at an FCS school. Wish the kid luck though.

  7. blitz4848 says: Jan 11, 2012 1:26 PM

    Shaw left Florida BECAUSE of the competition and his lack of playing time.

    Kid has talent but never had to compete to be a starter before college and needs to adjust his attitude! Hope he gets it together at USC.

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