As has been said for years, when a staff puts in work on the recruiting trail, they will reap the benefits. Sometimes, though, commitments require a little less work. 2015 QB Gage Shaffer received an offer today from the Maryland Terrapins football staff and committed on the spot, giving the team their fourth commitment in the class and their third in two weeks. Shaffer is a 6’7″ pro-style quarterback from Ridgeley, West Virginia, a town just shy of two hours from College Park.
Although their is limited video of him online and he has no recruiting pages, Shaffer is a guy that has the body of an elite quarterback with a lot of potential to build on his arm strength. He’s very accurate right now, and with a full year before he comes to College Park, will be taking that time to get a stronger arm so that he is more college-ready.
After Gonzaga quarterback Nick Johns committed to Virginia last month, many were unsure of who would become the quarterback target in this class. Although Shaffer could be that guy, it’s still probable that the staff will continue to recruit others out there, including USC commit David Sills and dual-threat quarterback Kai Locksley. Both are likely longshots, however, as Sills seems like he’s over Maryland and Locksley is being heavily recruited by some of the best schools in the nation. Yes, Maryland did make Kai’s top six, which includes Auburn, Florida State, Oregon, Texas and Virginia Tech, but the Seminoles are likely the favorite for the top-250 player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out as Nick Johns is not totally out of the question, but Shaffer could be the under-the-radar commit for this 2015 class.
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