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Profiles in Terpage: Gage Shaffer

The next player in our PiT series was the second best player in West Virginia coming out of Frankfort High School in the 2015 class.

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Gage Shaffer, freshman, quarterback, No.14


Height: 6'7

Weight: 212 lbs

High school: Frankfort High School (Short Gap, WV)

High school stats (Senior Year): 132-of-241 (54.8%), 2,037 yards, 24 touchdowns, 11 interceptions; 42 carries, 196 yards and three touchdowns

Composite recruiting rating: Three stars, (.8414), No.41 pro-style quarterback, No.2 best player in West Virginia

Who Maryland beat: N/A

High school highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Coming out of Frankfort High School, Johnathan Gage Shaffer threw 48 touchdowns in his career. He earned first team 2A all-state honors, was selected to the first team all-area team three times and was a three time All-Potomac Valley Conference selection.

In an article written by the Baltimore Sun's Matt Zenitz, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said that Shaffer reminded him of an NFL quarterback Edsall once coached at Connecticut:

"I think Gage Shaffer is a young man that is a big, tall, athletic guy," Edsall said. "Had a guy that was very similar to him — maybe an inch or two smaller — was Dan Orlovsky, [whom] I had at Connecticut, who’s played now 10 years in the NFL."

"He’s got a good arm. He’s a young man that’s a very competitive kid, a tough kid. He’s a guy that plays basketball and somebody that I think is just going to get better. He’s going to get better. And like I said, he’s a competitor. He’s a student of the game. He’s somebody that we were very fond of when we saw him in camp."

Take a look at our film room analysis on him.

Career Highlight:

His career highlight is announcing his commitment to Maryland.

Dream Season:

Impressing in practice and setting himself up as a competitor to Dwayne Haskins for the future job.

2015 Prospectus:

He is at the bottom of the depth chart but that's expected since he'll be redshirting this season. The good thing about Shaffer though is his length. At 6'7, he's at an ideal height to see over offensive linemen in the pocket. Plus his high school stats showed he can run a little bit. Don't expect to see him on the field this season, but in the long run Shaffer could turn into a quality prospect.

Up Next:

The next player in our series was one of the best running backs in the nation coming out of Good Counsel High School. He had multiple 1,000 yard seasons and he won a WCAC championship.


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