2009 Intro: Tyler Shatley

CONNELLYS SPRINGS, N.C. --- Tyler Shatley rushed for 1,209 yards and 18 touchdowns on 213 carries last season. The most impressive part of his accomplishments was when and how the majority of his yards were accumulated.

"As we got into the playoffs his game elevated," East Burke head football coach Mike Biggerstaff said. "As the competition got tougher with the better teams we played against, he played better and he brought everybody with him."

After closing out the season with rival Morganton (N.C.) Freedom, East Burke's playoff slate included Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg, Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, and Charlotte (N.C.) Independence – four of the top programs in NCHSAA 4A classification in as many weeks.

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Shatley, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, stars at fullback in East Burke's wing-T offense.

"For us to be successful, we have to have a big fullback who can gain yards," Biggerstaff said. "He's a tremendous leader that leads by example."

Shatley is also an accomplished wrestler, recently finishing second in the state in the 255-pound weight division.

Additionally in track and field, Shatley runs the 100- and 200-meter, and throws the discus and shot-put. As a sophomore, he finished second in the state in the shot-put, recording a 51-foot throw.

"He has a lot of abilities, has been blessed with a lot of talent, and a tremendous family," Biggerstaff said. "He's a tremendous athlete and a disciplined person."

Back on the gridiron, Shatley also handles punting duties for East Burke. He averaged 40.4 yards on 24 punts as a junior.

Last season, Shatley was plugged into the defensive line on goal line situations. His defensive role will expand this fall as a regular at defensive end.

"He'll line up either as a five-technique, more than likely a nine-technique," Biggerstaff said. "He's a tremendous pass rusher. We'll take advantage of him probably more playing at the tight end side of the offense."

Despite playing outside of a major media market, Shatley's accomplishments and abilities haven't gone unnoticed.

"I've got offers from Clemson, [N.C.] State, and Maryland," Shatley said. "I'm mostly focusing on engineering schools."

Non-engineering schools North Carolina and Wake Forest have also extended a scholarship offers.

"I still have interest in them," Shatley said. "I haven't seen North Carolina in person yet, so I'm not real sure [of my thoughts]. I attended a one-day camp at Wake Forest last summer."

Later on in the spring, Shatley plans to swing by Chapel Hill and unofficially visit UNC.

Shatley has already unofficially visited Clemson, Maryland, and N.C. State. Due in large part to their engineering programs, those three schools comprise his favorites list.

"They have good football programs and there are good academics, they have a lot of tutoring," Shatley said. "Maryland has a good intern program."

Shatley isn't in a rush to make a decision, but says a verbal commitment could come as early as this summer.

Since the traditional fullback is a dying breed, Shatley's primarily position will likely change on the collegiate level. He's being recruited at hybrid back, tight end, and even defensive end.

"Projection wise, I don't get into that much, but I think he could play at 250-270 [pounds] at tight end or H-back. Over 270-280-290 [pounds], he could play offensive or defensive line," Biggerstaff said.

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