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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

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