Shaine Tierney focusing on football

One of the top prospects in the state of Michigan this year is Lakeshort High School quarterback Shaine Tierney. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal-caller picked up his first offer from Central Michigan two weeks ago and will be hitting the camp circuit next month in search of more.

"I'm going to camps at Wisconsin, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue," Tierney told Inside The Ville on Wednesday.

However for Tierney, playing college football is much more than just continuing a dream or giving up the likelihood of landing a basketball scholarship.

"I met with my football coach and basketball coach and we discussed which sport I'd focus on my senior year," said Tierney, who was named All-State honorable mention in basketball last year after averaging over 22 points per game. "I really believe that I could play college basketball, but my heart is in football, so I think I'm going to stick with it."

The reason that football is so close to his heart is because the sport runs in the family blood.

"Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be like my dad," explained Tierney, who's father was an All-American center at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

In addition to Central Michigan's offer, Tierney continues to receive frequent mailings and contact from programs such as Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

As for Louisville, Tierney, who has family ties to the River City, was impressed by what he saw when he made an unofficial visit during the spring practice session.

"We were able to see the campus, toured the facilities and talked with a couple of the coaches," he said. "I like their program and I think it would be a good thing to learn from a quarterback like Brohm."

As a two-year starter, Tierney has tossed for 3,554 yards and 37 touchdowns, completing 62% of his passes.

"Shaine has all the qualities that you're looking for in a top quarterback," said Lakeshore head coach Denny Dock in late April. "He's a come early, stay late, type of quarterback. Shane is a tough, hard-nosed competitor.

"As far as his passing skills are concerned. Shaine throws a very smart football and it's very catch able. He can hump it in there if he need be but he also has a beautiful soft touch."

The Louisville coaches will have an opportunity to see Tierney's soft touch at the June 5th Quarterbacks/Receivers camp and will follow up to see what type of feedback the Michigan native receives.

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