Shuler is Being Patient

You don't always need to recruit the Southeast to find speed for your football team. Miles Shuler from Long Branch High School (Long Branch, N.J.) is one of the fastest prospects in the country, so it isn't surprising that he's one of the most highly recruited athletes in the 2011 class.

The spring is an incredibly hectic time for the top football recruits and Miles Shuler (5-foot-11, 175-pounds) certainly found out how much time he had to dedicate to one of the most important decisions of his life. Now things are different as his senior season creeps closer.

"Recruiting is a little quiet so that's a very good thing," Shuler said. "Right now I'm just trying to stay in contact with the coaches and build relationships. I stay in touch with coach (P.J.) Fleck from Rutgers, coach (Charley) Molnar from Notre Dame…most of the coaches. Besides that it's been quiet and I'm just getting ready for the football season and focusing on that… that's the main thing right now.

Shuler has narrowed his list of schools down to ten; Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Northwestern, California, Stanford and Cincinnati. Any additional cuts to that list will happen sporadically.

"If I get it down any further, I'll do it one at a time," Shuler explained. "I probably won't come out and announce a top-5. I haven't done that yet. As far as the process that I'm going to go through, it's looking at what each school has to offer, their commitments and stuff like that.

"I'm definitely staying up on everything, building relationships and hitting all the stuff that I'm looking for in a school. I'm looking for the right fit and then I'll go from there."

The Florida Gators are making a play for Shuler, and it's certainly a program that he'll take a long look at, but Shuler has built strong ties to a couple of programs a little closer to home.

"I do want to see what type of school Florida is," he said "I want to see what type of atmosphere they have down there. The only time, I'll be able to get down there is for an official visit, but I don't know if I'll take one there yet.

"I've been to Penn State, Rutgers and Pitt. I'm definitely considering those schools. I visited Penn State most recently. I've been to Rutgers plenty, because it's only three minutes away. Pitt, I'm real comfortable with them. Coach Hafley is a great recruiter and I've built a really close relationship with him.

"Pitt and Rutgers are definitely in the competition, but I want to see what other schools have to offer. I want to see what else is out there. I've built a really close relationship with both schools and they're done a great job recruiting me."

Pitt and Rutgers have a jump on the field in terms of building a bond with Shuler, but no matter how strong the relationship is, Shuler is expecting to see results on the field this fall.

"Florida has a great tradition and national championships, but every year it changes," Shuler said. "Last year it was Alabama, the year before it was Florida, it was Oklahoma, and USC,…it keeps going.

"The thing with Rutgers is, they're getting a lot of pieces and coach Schiano is a great coach. So, I'm going to keep an eye on them.

"Coach Wannstedt is doing a great job at Pittsburgh," he said. "He has pro coaching experience. He's getting a lot of Jersey recruits now. You never know what's going to go on over there.

"Notre Dame is in a great position. Coach Kelly is a great coach and he's been turning programs around. He changed Cincinnati around all three years. Two years they were Big East champions. That's really unheard of. Every school that he's been at, he's found success. So I'm thinking if he did that at Cincinnati, took over a whole conference, what is he going to do at Notre Dame?"


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