Prospect to Watch: Lineman Graham Shuler

Graham Shuler, a two-way player for Brentwood Academy, is a football prospect to watch for the 2012 signee class.

Brentwood, Tenn.--Although he just finished his sophomore football season in high school, Graham Shuler is already showing up on the radar of college football programs.

A starting left tackle and starting defensive end for Tennessee high school power Brentwood Academy this past season, Shuler is the son of former Auburn University standout Rob Shuler, one of the linemen whose blocking helped Bo Jackson become the leading rusher in Auburn history and win the Heisman Trophy.

"The season went well," Shuler says. "I thought we had a pretty successful season even though it didn't end up the way we wanted it to (with a state championship). I believe we finished 9-4. We had some heartbreakers, but we also had some great games.

"I felt that personally I really matured and got a lot of experience that I needed to get," he adds.

Colleges have noticed the young linemen and are sending him letters. "I have received several from Vanderbilt and Auburn University," he says. "I have also received letters from several other random ones."

Shuler says he is definitely interested in Auburn and Vanderbilt as well as Georgia. "The SEC is pretty attractive to me, but I am open and I am not ruling out anybody," he says.

The lineman is already larger than his father was in college and is still growing. "I am about 6-4 1/2 and I am pushing six-foot-five and about 250," he says. "I am looking to play at around 260 this year so I am trying to get my weight up there. It is coming on pretty quickly now so that is good."

Shuler and his teammates are doing winter strength and conditioning workouts. "We are hitting it pretty hard," he points out. "We have kind of adapted to the intensity of the workouts which have been really good for us.

In the past he has played basketball, but is skipping that sport this season. "I really want to focus on getting bigger for football, but I will probably play basketball next year," Shuler says. "I plan to compete in the shot and the discus for the track and field team in the spring."

How much bigger does the young lineman expect to grow? "I actually visited the doctor recently and he said that I don't have a ton of growing left, but he told me I have an inch to an inch and half potential to get taller," he says.

Shuler says he enjoys playing both offense and defense. "I think I have more potential to develop as offensive player. I really love defense, but I feel like my future is better on offense."

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