Ryan Shuler is a three-year starter for Lakeside High, where he played right offensive tackle his junior and senior seasons as well as tight end and offensive tackle as a sophomore.
A 6-3, 255-pounder, who ran a 4.95 40-yard dash at a football camp held at Duke University, Shuler says that he is likely to walk on at Auburn this summer and follow in the steps of his uncle, who lettered for the Tigers from 1982-85.
"I want to play the game with the same intensity as my uncle," Shuler says. "I am coming for an official visit on Friday and I am excited about the opportunity."
Shuler notes that Auburn's offensive line coach, Hugh Nall, visited him in Evans, Ga., last Friday to invite him to walk on to the 2006 Auburn team. "Coach Nall told me that there are no guarantees and I would have to prove myself on the field," says Shuler, who won his team's leadership award.
Shuler, who notes that he can bench press 325 pounds, came to Auburn for an unofficial visit to the 2005 season opener and also attended a summer football camp at Auburn.
An honor student taking advanced placement courses, Shuler says he is interested in vet medicine as a major in college. He notes that he doesn't have football scholarship offers, but says that Vanderbilt and Duke have talked to him about walking on. However, he notes that Auburn is where he will likely attend college.
"It is very important to me that I carry on the legacy for my family," says Shuler, who notes he really enjoys playing the game. "I love to pass block, I love to run block and I love to hit people."