Pennsylvania defensive lineman David Shaw commits to Maryland

The Maryland football team locked down the first defensive recruit for its class of 2014 late Sunday night, when Spring Grove (Pa.) defensive lineman David Shaw called and gave the Terrapins an oral commitment, a source with knowledge confirmed.

An off-the-radar prospect without much social media or recruiting Web site presence, the 6-feet-4, 270-pound Shaw projects as a nose guard for Maryland, possessing a quick release off the snap with a strong work ethic.

Shaw’s two brothers, John and Jim, both played for Penn State, but Coach Randy Edsall grew up 10 miles away, playing against Spring Grove during his high school days at  Susquehannock High School. While at Connecticut, Edsall also recruited John Shaw, and has known the family for some time. Plus, Spring Grove’s football coach, Russ Stoner, was a college teammate of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at Towson.

Shaw becomes the fourth commit for the class of 2014, joining offensive lineman Jared Cohen, quarterback Will Ulmer and running back Johnathan Thomas. His recruitment was handled by tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator John Dunn.

GametimePA.com had a long feature on Shaw from last November, worth a read to catch up on the newest Maryland prospect, including his nickname.

While stretching one day last year, the Spring Grove football team switched to Frankensteins. The Rockets lifted one leg forward, touched their toes with arms extended and switched to the other leg, resembling the monster from Mary Shelley’s novel.

Rockets assistant coach Greg Bowman then gave junior David Shaw a nickname that has stuck: Frankenshaw. While the common misperception about the book — Frankenstein was actually the doctor, not the monster — could lead to a negative image, Shaw was happy.

“It just made me laugh,” he said. “I didn’t have a problem with it.”

The York Daily Record was first to report on Shaw’s commitment. 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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Alex Prewitt · June 3, 2013