OT Graham Shuler Profile
Brentwood Academy rising senior Graham Shuler had been on the receiving end of heavy interest from Clemson for several weeks,, so he wasn't surprised when Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell extended the offer.
"My coaches told me a couple of weeks ago that they were very, very interested and they were going to pull the trigger on me soon," Shuler told CUTigers.com. "Coach Caldwell recruited me when he was at Vanderbilt. I got to spend time around him, so I really like him. I like he way he coaches. I've known him for a while.
"I knew that once he was out there that he was going to end up recruiting me, which he did. It's been enjoyable. They've come on really strong. They're after me pretty hard, so I'm excited about it."
The 6-foot-5, 272-pound tackle will visit Clemson on Saturday, June 4.
"I've heard it's a lot like Auburn, but it's on a lake," he said. "That's all I know. My dad ended up playing at Auburn, but he almost went to Clemson. It came down to Auburn and Clemson."
His dad, Rob Shuler, was an offensive lineman at Auburn in the early 80's.
Like his father once was, the son is "definitely interested" in Clemson.
"I just want to see what it's like," the younger Shuler said. "I know it's the summer, so school isn't really in session. I just want to walk around, see the campus and hopefully spend some time with the coaches a little bit, and just get to know them better, and spend some time with the players and just kind of see how they interact."
Before the trip, he might to contact Clemson redshirt tight end Sam Cooper, who attended The Ensworth School, a rival of Brentwood Academy. Shuler
The same weekend as the Clemson visit, Shuler will head over to South Carolina. For now, those are his only two scheduled summer stops.
"I work, pretty much full-time, and have workouts with my football team at my school. I want to enjoy being able to be a kid," he said. "This process is great, but this is my last summer to just get to play, even though I'm working and have workouts, just being around my friends that I've grown up with. I really want to take advantage of that. We'll see how that works out.
"I'm definitely going to take a couple of early visits in June, and possibly in July."
There is no timeframe for a decision. There was a time when he wanted to commit in June. Then, he though a decision right before the season would be better.
"There's been a lot of new faces that have shown up and are coming after me really hard. I'm just trying to take it all in stride and figure it out," Shuler said.
He does not claim a lead any specific order to his favorites, but a few are standing out.
"I really like what coach [James] Franklin is doing at Vanderbilt. I'm getting a really good vibe from them. I'm just trying to figure it all out. I really like Stanford. I really like Clemson. We'll see how stuff plays out," Shuler said.
Caldwell offers 2012 OT
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