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Mayfield Village, Ohio
Four-year letterwinner... Three-year starter as kicker, also started at punter as senior... Ranked among nation's leading kickers by several services... As senior, helped Wildcats to 10-2 record and regional semifinals in Ohio large school Division I classification... As senior, hit 13 of 21 FGs, including state-record tying 61-yarder, as senior; 45 of 66 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks... Made seven FGs of 45 yards or longer in 2009... As junior, hit 14 of 20 FGs, with long of 51 yards... 39-yard punting average as senior... Two-time first team All-State; MaxPreps second team All-American in `09... Four-year soccer letterwinner, earning second team All-State honors as senior... High academic achiever, member of National Honor Society.
Carey Thomas Spear... Son of Tom and Theresa Spear... Born Jan. 5, 1992... Has two brothers, Charley and Colin... Dad is business manager; mom is electrical engineer... Fan of Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers... Accomplished pianist... Active in Catholic church.
HEAD COACH LARRY PINTO
"I think Vanderbilt is a perfect fit for Carey. You're talking about an outstanding kicker who also happens to be a high academic student. He was very excited about the university and the team after getting back from the visit.
"Carey was a tremendous weapon for us as a kicker-placekicker. Carey had great range and accuracy as a placekicker, and our opponents returned only a few of his kickoffs. He also averaged nearly 40 yards a punt as a senior, so I probably made a mistake not letting him do that until this year."