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Elysian Fields' Shaffer decides to play football at Hendrix College of Arkansas

By Nathan Hague
March 16, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Braden Shaffer

ELYSIAN FIELDS - Elysian Fields' Braden Shaffer will take his football career to the next level and will continue to wear orange and black as he suits up for the Hendrix College Warriors. The senior signed his letter of commitment Wednesday afternoon at Elysian Fields High School.

"When I went on my visit, I felt really comfortable there," Shaffer said. "I felt like I really fit in with the players I got to meet. The coaches had a really good plan for me and I guess it was a really good first impression. I felt really good about so I figured I'd go ahead and take advantage of the opportunity that I was given."

Shaffer only spent one year at Elysian Fields but as a senior, he helped guide the Yellow Jackets to an overall 12-1 record and three rounds deep into the playoffs. He moved with his dad, Phil Shaffer, who took the job as Elysian Fields' defensive coordinator.

"That was about as close to feeling like family as you can get I think," Elysian Fields head coach Scott Ford said. "I've known Phil for 20 years, having coached together, this is our third different stint, and seeing his kid turn into a young man, being successful and carrying on, he also wants to be a coach, which is good. We need good people in the profession. It's just a lot of gratitude, a lot of happiness for the Shaffers.

"They took a big risk leaving Belton, a 6A school. He was an assistant AD and all that stuff and they took a leap of faith coming here. I'm glad to see him get rewarded for it."

In his senior year, Shaffer had 43 catches for 665 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he had 71 tackles, 39 solo tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a total of 271 yards of punt and kick returns.

"I'm not going to have any defensive responsibilities, just offense really and returning punts, kicks and special teams stuff like I did here," Shaffer said.

"He'll be great," Ford said when asked how he thinks Shaffer will fit in at the Division III school. "There are a lot of kids like him. I think 25 is the minimum ACT score so there are a lot of highly motivated, high success-driven kids that are well rounded. I think he'll fit in great. He really enjoyed his visit up there.

"If I had 11 of him, it would cut my workload down, I can assure you that," Ford added.

Shaffer will join a Warriors team that went 7-3 overall in 2016 and 5-3 in the Southern Athletic Association.

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