RECRUITING: Stoops invading South Dakota

Sooners for an OL in the state that once brought them national championship quarterback


With Schuler's athletic ability you would think he would line up on the defensive side of he ball, however, that is what helps him make so many recruiting boards across the country.

Blessed with tremendous ability, Schuler will be a three-year starter, but will play for the first time at Washington. His first two years were spent at Milbank, where as a sophomore Schuler started at defensive end and last year he also played at defensive end and offensive tackle.

"I basically went both ways and I am being recruited somewhat on both sides of the ball," said Schuler. "Most like me as an offensive lineman, but I have a few schools who also like me as a defensive tackle prospect."

Schuler finished with 48 tackles last season, three sacks and one fumble recovery. Washington didn't keep pancake blocks, but it is estimated that he averaged at least four a game.

Schuler can bench 350 pounds, squats 450 and he has a solid 29-inch vertical jump. Schuler attended the Nebraska and Colorado summer camps this summer and performed well.

Schuler had shoulder surgery following last season and missed the basketball season, but this summer he is playing on the top AAU summer basketball team in South Dakota.

Former Sooner great Josh Heupel also played on that same AAU basketball team. Schuler has been offered by 20 different schools, and he is trying to keep an open mind in recruiting.

"I don't have a favorite and I really don't want one at this point," said Schuler. "Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma are the schools that I am thinking about the most right now, but I am just now getting into recruiting. All of the schools that I am interested in are great schools, but I am not necessarily interested in what they have done in the past, but what they can do in the future."

"I don't mind going to far from home, I just want to go to the best program," continued Schuler. "I know a little about Oklahoma from talking to their coaches on the phone. Nebraska and Colorado both have really solid programs. Both are ranked high in the preseason polls and Colorado is more of a program that has been on the upswing lately."

Schuler has qualified.

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