Cumberland Times-News

Local Sports

June 8, 2014

Falcon’s Shaffer commits verbally to Maryland

All-State QB threw for 1,070 yards, 9 TDs as a junior

COLLEGE PARK — Frankfort senior quarterback Gage Shaffer, a two-time West Virginia Class AA All-State selection, received and has accepted an offer for a full scholarship to play football for the University of Maryland Terrapins. Shaffer delivered his verbal commitment to Maryland head coach Randy Edsall Saturday afternoon in College Park not long after setting foot there for the first time.

Shaffer, who was measured Saturday by the Maryland staff at 6-feet, 7-inches, 211 pounds, was a second-team All-State quarterback as a sophomore and special mention All-State as a junior when he completed 70 of 127 passes for 1,070 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in leading the Falcons to an 8-3 record and the West Virginia state playoffs.

“I went to Maryland and ran through a camp they had (on Saturday) and about like a quarter of the way through it Coach Edsall was giving me snaps,” said Shaffer. “Then he told me he would like Coach
Whiteman’s number. He called Coach Whiteman and told him they were going to offer me, then he talked to my dad and said he was going to offer me a full ride.

“I was really excited and was not expecting it all. But, obviously, it’s really good news and just a weight off my shoulders, really.”

How much was Shaffer not expecting an offer on Saturday from the Terps, who will begin their first season in the Big Ten this fall?

“Ihad never been there before,” he said when asked what he liked about Maryland. “But when I got there I thought (Byrd Stadium)was really nice. That’s all I saw. Then when they offered me they took me to their facilities and everything is really nice. They have a great weight room, a nice film room. The staff is really friendly and the players that were there embraced me and made me feel like I was a teammate already.”

Shaffer said Edsall told him, “They liked my size and frame, and that I had a really strong arm, and was really accurate.”

Shaffer said he is very appreciative of the time and effort Frankfort head coach Kevin Whiteman has provided for him since he arrived at

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Leydig lifts Casselman Valley over Moose, 6-5

    Lance Leydig scored on a bases loaded suicide squeeze attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Casselman Valley the early advantage over the Moose by winning game one of the best-of-three series 6-5 Monday evening.

    July 22, 2014

  • Sports Calendar - 07/23/2014

    July 22, 2014

  • CEO: Rivers to quit Clippers if Sterling stays CEO: Rivers to quit Clippers if Sterling stays

    The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rory McIlroy is poised to be golf’s next big thing Rory McIlroy is poised to be golf’s next big thing

    Golf has been looking for the next big star the last five years, and Rory McIlroy is the most obvious candidate.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16 Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16

    The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sam excited about next phase of career Sam excited about next phase of career

    Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lohr helps Cork’s Cars to 4-0 win

    Broc Lohr allowed one hit on the mound and had his team’s only hit at the plate as Cork’s Cars scrapped together four runs to shut out Madigan’s Auto Parts 4-0 on Monday at the Hot Stove Complex.

    July 22, 2014

  • Northside blanks Hite in opener

    Evan Rodeheaver tossed five innings of two-hit, shutout ball to allow the Northside Diamond Dogs to gain a 1-0 lead in its opening round playoff series by beating Hite Roofing 10-0 Monday at Northern High School.

    July 22, 2014

  • Titans sweep on shutouts

    Cody Ellsworth and Jacob Foreman both pitched complete-game shutouts to keep the Tri-State Titans undefeated in the Pen-Mar-WV League after sweeping the Cumberland Orioles Sunday afternoon at Bel Air Field.

    July 22, 2014

  • Sports Roundup - 07/22/2014

    July 21, 2014