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USC officially announces Shaw transfer

USC coach Lane Kiffin confirmed former Florida defensive back Josh Shaw will be joining the Trojans this week, as reported Tuesday by ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Shaw, a Palmdale High graduate, chose the Gators over USC as a highly-recruited prospect in the Class of 2010.

The 6-2, 195-pound Shaw appeared in 10 games for the Gators in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, starting once and recording 22 tackles. He played in one game as a true freshman early in the 2010 season but was allowed to redshirt the season because of a knee injury.

He was a 2009 Parade All-American at Palmdale and earned a number of other All-American honors as a quarterback, running back and cornerback. He had 50 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked field goals and an interception on defense and completed 126-of-236 passes for 2,279 yards with 18 TDs on offense, also rushing for 921 yards in 115 carries with 14 touchdowns.

As a junior, he had four interceptions, and he scored 10 touchdowns during both his junior and senior seasons.

Shaw is expected to apply for a hardship waiver shortly because of health issues within his family. If it is granted, he'll be eligible to play right away for the Trojans in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore.

If it is rejected, he'll be forced to sit out the year and begin 2013 with two years of eligibility remaining.