Firestone High School senior Jordan Shaffer got his wish. He will get the opportunity to play baseball at the University of Akron.
''I am pretty pumped to be close to home,'' Shaffer said. ''My family will get to see me play, and I think it is great to have another local guy at Akron.''
Shaffer, a shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Falcons, plans to major in chemical engineering at UA and is scheduled to receive an academic scholarship that will cover more than half the cost of his education.
''I am really happy about that,'' Firestone coach Brad Lightfoot said. ''I am an alumni of Akron and Kent State, and I think it is great he is staying local. . . . He wants to go to there for engineering, and they have a great engineering school.''
Shaffer also considered playing at Buffalo, Bucknell and Miami (Ohio).