N.J. Speedster Has Visits in Mind

Miles Shuler has a lot of speed and offers to match. The standout athlete from Long Branch High School (Long Branch, N.J.) has 4.4 speed and 23 scholarship offers. Shuler is one of Notre Dame's top targets at wide receiver and the Irish have his attention.

Miles Shuler (5-foot-11, 175-pounds) wasn't sweating whether he'd get an offer from Notre Dame, but it certainly is a school that he wanted to consider. The Irish recently extended an offer to Shuler and they're hoping he follows in the footsteps of one of his friends.

"Things are going good now," Shuler said. "They just offered me last week. That's a big one. Notre Dame has a great tradition. They play every week on TV with their NBC contract. They're an Independent which is real big.

"They're a new school to offer, but I know that they're definitely in my top-10. I don't have a set list yet, but I know I already know that they're up there. I have a wide receiver from Raritan High School (N.J.) and that's one of my close friends and we always talk about Notre Dame because he's going there."

The wide receiver from Raritan that he's talking about is incoming freshman Bennett Jackson. Jackson hasn't pressured Miles, but he certainly believes that Notre Dame would fit Miles well.

"Bennett said he went up to the school and once he saw what they had to offer he was sold," Shuler explained. "He said to just go where is best for me and go to the school where I feel most comfortable at. He said that Notre Dame was his spot and he thinks that it's going to be my place too. So I'm going to go up there and see for myself. But his advice was to go to the place that fits me best and that's what I'm going to do.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going next month. I'll probably go up there and see some other colleges when I'm up there like Northwestern and some others in the area. I didn't do any visiting during the spring. I'll visit most of the schools during the summer. I'm going to hit a couple California schools like Stanford, UCLA, and Cal. I'm going to hit up a couple of those schools to see what the atmosphere is like out there. I'm also going to go down to Oklahoma. Besides that, that's it."

Despite Notre Dame's struggles on the field and the recent coaching change, another component working in Notre Dame's favor is their new head coach.

"Coach Kelly just came in and he's a great coach," Shuler said. "He turned the Cincinnati program into two-time Big East champions, so what do you think he's going to be able to do at Notre Dame? That's the big question, but I know he's going to turn the program around and make them successful.

"He took a team that wasn't really that good of a program, to one being of the top in the nation. He ended up taking them to a bowl game and playing Florida. That was huge and that says a lot about a coach to come in and have that big of an impact on a program."

In high school Miles makes his impact at quarterback, but he realizes that his future will likely be hauling in passes rather than throwing them.

"I have a lot of speed and even though I played quarterback in high school, I'm going to switch to wide receiver in college," he said. "They think I'll be a great college receiver. I'll being learning every single rep and I'll get better every single day by working hard.

"I think it will come it will come natural to me. As I said, I plan on learning every day to get better. That's what I plan on doing. I'm going to work hard and I pick up on things fast, so I think everything will come naturally to me. I don't think change in position will be a big issue at all."


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