Spence Pleased with Wisconsin Camp

Heading to his first camp of the summer, De La Salle (Ill.) HS junior quarterback Shelby Spence recaps his performance at Wisconsin's one-day high school camp.

MADISON - In previous trips to the University of Wisconsin, De La Salle junior quarterback Shelby Spence was an interested observer on the sidelines, intrigued by how the Badgers went through a practice and how the staff coached its players to build a game plan.

On Sunday during Wisconsin's one-day summer camp, Spence was knee deep in the action.

"It was really nice because it was a lot different than observing. They were really hands on, willing to coach you and evaluate you at the same time," Spence told Badger Nation. "It was pretty neat to get a chance to learn some things from coach and have them watch me."

Spence - 6-0, 180 pounds – was one of a handful of junior quarterback in attendance for the one-day camp. But while other prospects came hoping for an offer, Spence was of the mindset to be an open book – anxious to learn more about the pro-style offense and how to execute rollouts and play-action passes.

"I felt like I came out slow in my first few throws, but I felt like I completed most of my passes from that point on," said Spence. "I threw a lot of them on the line and I adjusted pretty well. I know I have to work on my deep ball to be more accurate."

Spence has been working with quarterback coach Jeff Christensen of the Chicago-based Throw it Deep Academy to refine his throwing motion. Working on a new release, Spence used the new throwing technique at Wisconsin with mixed results, but showed the coaching staff he is adapting to what college programs are looking for.

"I've been preparing and working a lot for this offseason," Spence said. "I am anxious to show myself in actual game action this fall. I just need to spend time in the film room, work with my receivers and lead the team so we can have a strong season as a team. With team success, individual accolades will come."

While his new throwing motion is being built, Spence was able to show off his quick footwork, a bonus in the eyes of offensive coordinator Matt Canada and recruiting contact Chris Ash.

"Both were complimenting me on a lot of throws," Spence said. "I was pretty accurate throughout the day, but I know I have to get better. Coach Ash said he wanted to come down to some games and told me to keep in contact with them."

With his first camp complete, Spence is heading to Notre Dame's camp this weekend and Northwestern the following week. He is also hoping to visit Michigan State and Florida State over the summer.

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