Plenty Of Options for OL Prospect Shuler

Nationally-recruited Brentwood Academy standout Graham Shuler talks about his visit to Auburn and how the recruiting process is going.

Brentwood, Tenn.--The recruiting attention continues to grow for class of 2012 offensive line prospect Graham Shuler, who literally has football scholarship offers from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast with one more season to play for Tennessee powerhouse Brentwood Academy.

On Saturday the 6-5, 268-pound lineman drove to Auburn with his father, 1980s Tiger standout lineman Rob Shuler, for an Auburn junior day.

With 10 scholarship offers coming from as far away as Stanford in the west and Boston College in the northeast, Shuler already has plenty of options and there is the possibility that another offer could be coming from the 2010 BCS championships who are interested in the junior.

"I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik," Shuler says. "They are still in the evaluation process. They want to see more of me and they will probably come up to one of my spring practices. From what they have told me they really like me. I am pretty interested in them, they are pretty interested me so we will just see how it evolves."

A player who broke into the starting lineup at Brentwood Academy as a sophomore playing on both the offensive and defensive line, he focused on offense as a junior and that is the side of the football he is expected to play in college. "I am cross-trained," he says. "I can play all five spots (on the offensive line).

"I love defense, but I feel like my future is on offense," he adds.

Shuler grew up following Auburn football and has been to the campus many times to see games with his father, who played on the 1983 SEC championship team coached by Pat Dye. However, he notes there is no pressure on him to attend his dad's alma mater.

"My dad is a huge impact in my life, a huge mentor--just everything a father could be to me, but at the same time by being that he doesn't pressure me to go anywhere which is incredible," the lineman says.

"When we were just getting into this process I didn't know how it was going to play out, but he sat me down really early when I got my first letter a few years ago," Shuler says. "He sat me down and said, "Graham, I want you to go where you want to go and where the right place is for you.'

"For me it has been incredible to have that support from him, my mom and my family," he says. "They really want me to be where I want to be where the best fit for me is whether it is Auburn, Stanford or Vanderbilt or whatever school that is."

In addition to the colleges he has early offers from, the lineman is garnering attention from many other colleges. The junior says he is "still wide open" on his college choice. Of the colleges that have offered scholarships, Stanford is one that stands out, he says. He plans to make his first visit to the California school next week.

A strong student, Shuler notes that he is pleased to have so many options. "I am excited about the opportunities I have," he says.

He says that he would like to make a college decision in the summer prior to his senior year so he can concentrate on trying to help his team win the state championship without having to deal with the distractions of recruiting. "I would really like to help build a class and get settled in at where I am going to be for the next four or five years," he says.

On his junior visit to Auburn, Shuler notes that he enjoyed watching practice and talking to the coaches, including Jeff Grimes who is in charge of the offensive line. "It was cool to see more of the practice side," he says. "I normally don't see that."

Shuler has been steadily growing physically as a high school athlete and says he expects that to continue. "The doctor tells me that I have about a year left on my growth plate and I am putting on weight pretty easily and staying lean," he says.

This spring he is working on improving his agility for football and is throwing the shot put and discus for the Brentwood Academy track and field team. He won a meet last week in the shot put and finished third in the discus.



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