Call of Duty for Shuler

One of the top recruiting targets for a number of teams this season is New Jersey athlete Miles Shuler, who made a trip to Penn State on Wednesday.

It was quite a busy Wednesday for New Jersey athlete Miles Shuler. After taking a visit to State College, Shuler learned that his nomination for the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl was reviewed and that he was invited to play in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Last year, the bowl's only representative from New Jersey was Boston College bound wide receiver Shakim Phillips. Shuler has accepted the invitation and will play in the bowl, held at the Alamodome.

"It is a great honor and I am really excited about it," Shuler told

The other big news of the day for Shuler was the trip to visit Penn State. Shuler, one of the most sought-after receiver and athlete prospects in the nation, was excited about what he saw. He says he already knew about the facilities and the tradition of Penn State, but he wanted to get a better feel for the program. Highlighting the trip was a sit-down with Nittany Lions' head coach Joe Paterno.

For Shuler, it was his first time meeting the famed coach.

"It was my first time seeing him, Joe Paterno, in the flesh and bone," Shuler said.

It was a good meeting with "the legend" as Shuler called him and he termed it a nice conversation. He said that he also met with other members of the team, which he said was an opportunity to see and interact with the kind of players the program brings in. There was no pressure to commit, Shuler says "that just isn't Paterno's way — he told me that he doesn't believe in pressuring athletes to come to the school." Instead, he says the entire visit was comfortable and he called University Park a "beautiful campus."

So what did Shuler learn about Paterno and the program?

"For coach Paterno, it is academics, academics, academics!" Shuler said. "Which is good, because that's very important to me."

Shuler said he already had a good grasp and understanding of the program and that the visit didn't drastically change or alter his outlook on the program. In a few weeks, Shuler will be heading out to Oregon as part of the prestigious Nike Combine event.

"Nike told me that I tested among the top 15 athletes in the nation at all the combines and events I went to," Shuler said. The three-day event will be all testing, and Shuler said he hopes to improve as an athlete while at the event. In addition to the Nike Combine, Shuler will also visit several West Coast schools.

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