On the Radar

One of the top performers in Saturday's Shrine Bowl is suddenly hearing from a number of new schools, including Clemson. Could a scholarship offer be in the works? What about an official visit?

LB Spencer Shuey Profile

Linebacker Spencer Shuey took home defensive MVP honors for the North Carolina squad on Saturday, but more importantly he showed several schools he deserves more attention.

"The game was a lot of fun," he told CUTigers.com afterwards. "I tried working hard all week so I could earn a starting spot. I did that. My teammates helped me out a lot. I was playing with a bunch of good players.

"The defensive line kept the offensive lineman off the linebackers. I played real good in the first half until I broke my thumb in the second quarter."

Clemson assistant coach Billy Napier didn't waste time connecting with the MVP.

"Coach Napier called on Sunday. He said they are going to start recruiting me at middle linebacker and defensive end," said Shuey. "I am already going to Clemson for an official visit on January 9. Coach Napier said he before long he feels like they will offer."

Which other schools have offered?

"I have offers from Kentucky, Duke, Marshall, Illinois, Western Carolina and Appalachian State," replied Shuey.

The Tigers aren't the only school showing interest since the impressive Shrine Bowl performance.

"I have talked to coaches from Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee. I am pretty sure North Carolina will offer. I am not sure about Tennessee yet," said Shuey.

How closely has he followed Clemson football?

"I haven't really followed them too much. I have a few folks at school that loved Clemson. I always had respect for their program," replied Shuey.

During Shrine Bowl week, the South Mecklenburg standout got to know future Tiger Tyler Shatley.

"We played against each other in the first round of the playoffs, but didn't really talk much then. We actually became good friends this week. We weren't roommates, but we hung out pretty much all the time," said Shuey.

Several other official visits are in the plans for January.

"I have one setup for Illinois for January 23. On the 16th I am either going to Appalachian State or Marshall. Tennessee also wants me to come that weekend so I will have to see where I will go that weekend," said Shuey.

If the Tigers offer would the Shine Bowl standout make a quick commitment?

"I don't think so. I would wait and take some other visits to make it is right," replied Shuey.

And last but not least, how is his injured thumb feeling?

"I went to the doctor yesterday. There was a small chip in there. I will be in a cast for about four weeks," Shuey added.

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