Class of 2020 dual-sport athlete Josh Shuler update

North Gwinnett (GA) HIgh School class of 2020 outfielder Josh Shuler talks about his recent visit to Mississippi State as well as his recruitment in general.

  • Name: Josh Shuler
  • Classification: 2020
  • Position: OF
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 190
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • High School: North Gwinnett (GA) High School
  • Travel Team: Georgia Jackets
  • Schools of Interest: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FIU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State

Shuler explained how the visit came about.

"A kid on my (travel) baseball team, Lukas Cook, is committed there and he has been talking about it and they have been recruiting me, so I visited," said Shuler, one of the top 100 baseball players in the Perfect Game class of 2020.

The unofficial visit went really well, according to Shuler.

"It was great," said Shuler. "The coaches are nice. I like how the coaches are about developing players and that they aren't too flashy. I like their style. I can definitely see myself at Mississippi State."

It was his first time to meet Mississippi State head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro.

"He is super funny, super aggressive," said Shuler. "I like his style, too. He seems like a good coach and a great guy."

He is also impressed with the coach recruiting him for Mississippi State, assistant coach Will Coggin.

"I have been talking to Coach Coggin for about two months," said Shuler. "He seems super nice and he was super calm when showing me around the campus. He made sure I saw every single thing."

While visiting Mississippi State, Shuler, a very talented football player, also visited with the football coaches. They liked him well enough to extend a football scholarship.

"I have (baseball) offers from Florida, FIU, Georgia Tech and a football offer Mississippi State," said Shuler, who plays strong safety for his high school football team. "The Mississippi State D-line Coach (Brian Baker) talked about watching my film and how I moved a little quicker than everybody else. He said I already have size and speed and I don't mind hitting people. He said I will likely grow into a linebacker but my speed will help me cover in space. He said people like that become something special. So, he offered me a scholarship. But Coach Coggin told me if I should ever want to just play baseball they would talk about a baseball offer."

In addition to Mississippi State, Shuler is also being recruited in football by LSU, Clemson and Southern Cal.

He has visited or will visit most of the schools recruiting him for baseball and football.

"I have also visited Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech and Georgia and I am planning on visiting LSU," said Shuler.

Shuler saw his recruitment heat up this past summer and fall.

"Schools started recruiting me for football my freshman season and for baseball this past summer," said Shuler. "I was at a USA Baseball tournament and the FIU coach saw me hit and I hit super well that game. And he offered me a scholarship. The other schools offered me while I was playing for my travel team."

College baseball coaches recruiting him will have to wait a while before seeing him play this spring.

"During my first game as a freshman, I fractured the growth plate in my hip," said Shuler. "We play 30 games and I am going to miss 18 of them."

Shuler is going to take his time before choosing a school. However, wherever he goes, he wants to play both sports and he wants to be as successful as possible.

"My ultimate goal is to be successful at the highest level in both sports," said Shuler.

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