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Cyclones' Maupin commits to play football at ETSU

Douglas Fritz • Feb 13, 2020 at 7:09 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Cade Maupin didn’t shy away from challenges as he helped Elizabethton High School win a state football championship this past season.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise he isn’t flinching in the face of another challenge.

On Thursday, Maupin committed to play for East Tennessee State University in a ceremony at the high school. He will have to battle for a chance to prove himself against established players and the new group of scholarship players the Buccaneers are bringing into the program.

“It’s definitely going to be tough,” said Maupin. “I guess that’s just a lot of motivation because I’m going in there with other guys who are really good DI athletes. I guess it’s motivating for how hard I will have to work to play on the field.”

Cyclones’ head coach Shawn Witten said he thinks Maupin has a good chance to rise above the potential obstacles.

“Cade is really self-determined and he’s self-motivated,” said Witten. “I think his best football is ahead of him. This year kind of opened some doors for him with the success he had. He came in with an open mind and attitude to be the best on the field. He’s a lot like a coach’s kid with the characteristics of hard work and dedication.

“I think the sky is the limit for him. I think this area is going to see some great things out of Cade in the future.”

An integral part of the Cyclones’ 15-0 season, Maupin rushed for 1,567 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions from his safety position, and could find himself playing defense for the Bucs.

“They envision me more as an athlete,” said Maupin. “They think I can help them at multiple positions: safety, outside linebacker, running back. I guess I will go there and show them what I can do.”

Deciding to give the Bucs a try was influenced by his main goal, Maupin said.

“It was always the main thing, I wanted to stay close to my family,” he said. “To think I get to play somewhere like ETSU, Division I football, it’s just amazing.”