At 6-foot-4 240 pounds, Spencer Shuey possesses the size you'd like in a defensive end or even a strong side linebacker already as a high school senior. Shuey also runs a 4.7 in the forty, which is excellent for his size. James Martin, his coach, describes Shuey's game. "He's very physical. He plays offense and defense for us. Defensively he's a great down hill runner. He sees the holes and the lanes and fills them up," said Martin. "He plays great in open space and that is such an asset with his size and weight," said Martin. "He's got great footwork. I'm very impressed with that and how hard he works for us."
Kentucky along with some other programs are impressed too. Kentucky is impressed enough to have offered Shuey a scholarship along with Marshall, Western Carolina and Duke. Shuey has also been receiving interest from Virginia and got early interest from Georgia. Most people believe he's a Kentucky lean. "He's coming up to Kentucky for an unofficial. I think he's planning to verbally commit to Kentucky," said Martin.
So what is it about Kentucky that Shuey likes? "I think it's the whole thing. He wants coaches that will coach him well and that will spend time getting to know him," said Martin. "He's looking for a good player-to-coach relationship."
Last season for South Mecklenburg HS, Shuey made 65 tackles (42 solo), five sacks and two interceptions. Offensively, he carried the ball 105 times for 548 yards and six touchdowns. "He reminds me of John Riggins who played for the Redskins. He's a hard-nose runner who will get four or five yards every time he touches the ball," said Martin.
With Kentucky down to it's last few rides, Shuey could be one of the final athletes on the bus.