If you're looking for a hard-nosed, blue collar player then you won't find many that are any tougher than East Burke High standout Tyler Shatley. Known for his bruising style of play on Friday nights, Shatley has also earned a reputation for being a heck of a wrestler and that was never more evident than when he defeated Hoggard behemoth and UNC signee Jonathan Cooper in a 4A state semi-final matchup.
At 6-3, 250 pounds, Shatley is a load and he used that size and strength to bull his way to 1,209 yards and 18 touchdowns on 213 carries last year. To date he has earned scholarship offers from NC State, Clemson, Maryland and Clemson although that total is a little misleading since Shatley is only considering schools that offer engineering. Were that not the case, he would almost surely have exponentially more scholarship offers.
The first school to jump on board was Clemson and there's no mistaking that their early interest caught the eye of Shatley. He's made an unofficial visit to Death Valley and came away impressed with the Tiger's program.
"I like Clemson's tutoring and stuff and their academics," said Shatley. "They have one on one tutors for all the freshmen. I really connected with coach (Billy) Napier down there. I went for an unofficial visit and I just really connected with them. They were just a faith-based college and everything."
Right behind Clemson is NC State. The Pack was able to host Shatley this past weekend at junior day and they are hoping to chip away at Clemson's early lead.
"NC State is probably my second choice right now," he said. "I really like their engineering program and they have a good football team. I think they're going to turn it around in the next couple of years and get a lot better. Coach Horton is recruiting me. They're recruiting me as a H-back or tight end. Coach Horton, I've talked to him a couple of times, and I think they are really going to pick it up in a couple of years."Junior Day at State was a lot of fun. I met with the head coach and talked with him some, and I got to see around the campus. I also met one of the professors and he talked with me about their engineering program. It was pretty fun."
Shatley says he's currently undecided on when he'll make a commitment but it appears unlikely that he'll drag the process out.
"I'm not sure when I'm going to make a commitment," he said. "It could be this summer or next football season but I don't want to do anything too soon. I want to make sure that's what I want to do."
Shatley holds offers from NC State, Clemson, Maryland, Wake Forest, and North Carolina among others. He stated that he will only consider schools that offer engineering academically.