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Maryland football recruiting: Terps land West Virginia QB Gage Shaffer

A surprise commit for Maryland from an unheralded quarterback.

Rob Carr

According to Inside Maryland Sports Maryland offered 6-7 Frankfort (WV) quarterback Gage Shaffer today, who then promptly committed.

The rising senior threw for 1,070 yards, going 70 -127 on pass attempts and registering nine touchdowns to five interceptions this past season.

In a free interview with IMS, Shaffer laid out the reasoning for the quick decisions:

"The biggest reason was that I felt welcome and I loved their facilities and stadium. Also, the coaches were very down to earth and real."

Here are his junior year highlights.

It should be noted that this commitment will likely not have an impact on blue-chip QB target Kai Locksley. Maryland's been actively trying to land at least two quarterbacks during this recruiting cycle. That desire for multiple QBs likely chased off former second option Nick Johns, a 3-star out of Gonzaga High School who chose Virginia over the Terps recently. Maryland still have a very good chance with the talented son of OC Mike Locksley.

As for Shaffer, he wasn't on anyone's radar until today and all we have to go on are his highlight tapes. He seems to have a fairly big arm to go with a massive frame. That said, he plays in one of the lowest classifications of high school football in in West Virginia and his school is small at just about 600 students.

I'm sure we'll learn more about this future Terp in the coming months. Right now it's good to have another commit in a 2015 class that's starting to fill out after a very slow start.