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South High's Maas signs with Shepherd College

February 11, 2002

South High's Maas signs with Shepherd College



By MARK KELLER
keller@herald-mail.com


As if Friday could have been any bigger for Nick Maas, a simple signature made it a huge day for the South Hagerstown senior.

Maas became the second Rebel football player in three days to commit to a four-year school, signing a national letter of intent Friday morning to play at nearby Shepherd College.

Maas, also a member of the Rebels undefeated basketball team, had plenty to look forward to in preparation for Friday night's second round of the City Series against North Hagerstown.

"This just makes it an even more exciting day," Maas said. "It'll be great to get a win tonight, but now I know where I'll be going in the fall."

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Maas earned Herald-Mail All-Area first team and Associated Press All-State Small School honorable mention honors at defensive back the last two years. He led the Tri-State area with nine interceptions as a junior and picked off two more passes as a senior, when most quarterbacks tried to avoid him.

He also excelled as a split end for the Rebels, catching 19 passes for 539 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season. He will be a part of Shepherd's receiving corps in the fall.

"The thing about Nick is he has a great set of hands," South coach Greg Kellick said. "He runs precise patterns, has good speed and some strength that he can lower his shoulder and take a hit."

Like Richmond, who signed with the University of Maryland on Wednesday, Maas was a key part of South's turnaround on the football field. The Rebels had consecutive 6-4 seasons to close out their high school careers.

"I feel like I made a pretty strong contribution the last two years," Maas said. "The biggest thing was we stuck together as a team. That's something that will run into next year's team."

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