TerrapinStationMD had a chance to speak with Gage Saffer about his commitment. The towering, yet athletic quarterback breaks down why he picked Maryland and what his next step is going into his senior year.
The sense of Maryland feeling like home has been a theme recently with recruits.
“I felt at home with the coaches and players, I like their facilities and stadium a lot,” Shaffer told TerrapinStationMD. “I love the fan base and my family thought it was the best option for me.”
With numerous recruits citing their tight relationship with the coaching staff, it’s obvious that this made a huge impact on Shaffer. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was his head recruiter, and as dominant as Locksley has been in recruiting, Shaffer believed that Maryland is the best option for him.
In terms of his impact in 2015, the quarterback position will be loaded with talent with Shane Cockerille, Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, Will Ulmer and now Shaffer. Locksley told current Virginia commit Nick Johns that the offense style will change depending on who the starting quarterback is, and each quarterback brings a different dynamic to the offense.
“They love my frame, strong arm, and accuracy,” Shaffer said. “They said that my footwork is good for my size, but it needs to improve.”
At 6’7″ and good speed, Shaffer does a good job rolling out of the pocket and using his feet to gain some additional yardage. With a full season of high school football ahead, he can definitely improve on that and come into College Park as an impact player.
The Frankfort High School senior will look to lead his team in a crucial year. Shaffer is a great leader on and off the field, which is another dynamic that he brings to the Maryland offense. Maryland found their quarterback for this class and Shaffer can become a big-time player down the line. The staff certainly found themselves a gem in the rough.
But for now, Shaffer has only one goal in mind.
“State championship. That’s it.”