Spence set for NU camp

De La Salle (Ill.) Institute sophomore quarterback Shelby Spence has received interest from Northwestern, but no offer yet. He hopes to prove worthy of being a Wildcat when he attends camp in Evanston this summer.

Northwestern assistant coach Adam Cushing visited Chicago De La Salle Institute, meeting with head coach Dan O'Keefe.

Cushing inquired about three of the Meteor's talented sophomore prospects, offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, running back Mikale Wilbon, and quarterback Shelby Spence.

Spence, a talented dual-threat quarterback, has been on Northwestern's radar since his sophomore season. Cushing urged O'Keefe for his quarterback to attend camp in Evanston. Spence his calander marked for June 9.

Spence has plans to attend camp at Northwestern, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He has received interest from each of those schools, plus Clemson, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Florida and others.

"It's really humbling, just to see schools are interested, especially being a sophomore," said Spence. "It's also motivation to work hard on and off the field and be better overall."

Spence visited Northwestern in March, where he watched one of the Wildcats' spring scrimmages. During the trip, he toured campus and met with NU coaches. He has been excited about the Northwestern interest.

"It's been really good because it's one of the greatest schools in the country, and the football program is really good," said Spence. "Great coaching staff and I like their offense."

During his time in Northwestern's football facility, Spence sat in on the quarterbacks meeting, led by offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

"He's very good at that, working with their quarterbacks," Spence said of McCall. "I'm excited to work with him at their camps."

Spence got a good glimpse at how Northwestern's offense runs, while watching from the sidelines at the scrimmage. He was very impressed.

"I liked the way the offense looked, the up-tempo offense, and the quarterbacks involvement in the running and passing aspects of the game," Spence said.

A number of factors have Spence impressed with Northwestern, but a few particulars stand out more than anything else.

"Obviously, the academics set them apart," he said." But the coaching staff is great for what I've seen in their practice. They're really involved in preparing the team for the games."

Spence is eager for the opportunity to attend Northwestern's camp, and knows the importance each rep has.

"I'd say it's vital to the (recruiting) process," he said. "Visiting everywhere, they said camp is very important as they evaluate the quarterbacks, and they scrutinize them harder than any other position. I'd say camps are important so they can evaluate you in person."

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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