USC football officially poaches exciting starting safety from blueblood program

Evan Desai
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USC football has officially picked up Ohio State transfer safety Bryson Shaw from the transfer portal. Shaw was a starter last year for the Buckeyes' defense, and recorded 59 tackles for their squad. That was third on the team, and he also had an interception, three PD's, and a fumble recovery on the year.

With three PD's and a fumble recovery, Shaw could potentially play right away with SC. That's due to the fact that new USC Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch certainly sees a lot in Shaw. He was his primary recruiter back in high school when Grinch was the co-DC for OSU (Shaw signed with Ohio State in the 2019 class).

SC already has quality safeties in Calen Bullock and Xavion Alford, but the two of them are good, not great yet. Shaw isn't great himself, but someone who has experience starting at a tier one program like SC. Therefore, he absolutely is in the mix for significant playing time for 2022. He had 19 more tackles than Bullock last year and 28 more than Alford.

Bryson Shaw headed to the USC football program under 24 hours after the spring game.

Clearly, Bryson Shaw liked what he saw from USC football's spring game, which was the only one in the country broadcasted on ESPN this year. There certainly was a lot to like.

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While Shaw was not a four or five star recruit coming out of high school, he did earn himself a starting spot at a blueblood, and Grinch clearly sees quite a bit in him if he brought him both to Ohio State and now here all these years later.