Former Florida defensive back Joshua Shaw plans to enroll in classes at USC this week, according to his high school coach, Jeff Williams.
“He’s going to enroll this week,” Palmdale head coach Jeff Williams said. “Probably Thursday.”
Shaw, who was rated as the No.7 cornerback in the 2010 class by Scout.com, signed with Florida and recorded 22 tackles while appearing in ten games as a redshirt freshman in 2011.
The 6-3, 197-pound defensive back left Florida because he wanted to be closer to his grandfather and father, who were experiencing health issues.
“I think the biggest factor was the fact that his father and grandfather have had some health issues and he felt that he needed to be closer to home,” Williams said. “His grandfather is very ill so he felt he needed to come back.
“He actually came back last season when his grandfather was in the hospital and missed a game at Florida.
“Josh is very religious and very close to his family so he felt probably the best thing for him to do would be to come home.”
Shaw plans to apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA, which would make him immediately eligible.
“Hopefully they will grant it because it was a difficult decision for him but he just felt that he needed to be closer to his family,” Williams said.
If the waiver were granted, then Shaw would be able to play as a redshirt sophomore in 2012, if it is denied, he would become eligible in 2013 as a redshirt junior.