Shuler Set for Season; What About Recruiting?

One of New Jersey's most highly recruited players is Long Branch (N.J.) High's Miles Shuler, rated a four-star receiver by Shuler opens his season Saturday, and he spoke to about what he expects. Also, Shuler trimmed his vast list of schools to 10 at the beginning of July. Has another cut taken place? Shuler lets everyone know.

Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler is driven by being told what he cannot accomplish, so there is good reason he is excited for Saturday's season opener.

Shuler, who plays quarterback but is being recruited mostly as a receiver, is the Shore Conference's top recruited player, and opposing defenses will spend plenty of energy trying to stop him.

And he heard plenty about that during the offseason when he was working out or starring on Long Branch's track team.

"A lot of people come up to me and say, ‘Your team is not that good. All we have to do is stop you.' " said Shuler, who is rated a four-star receiver by "But that's not the case. We've got a lot of weapons. I can't wait. I'm excited. I love to be the underdog. That's my main thing."

Long Branch is coming off a Center Jersey Group II quarterfinal playoff performance last season, and features an experienced offensive line, which includes class of 2012 tackle Ryan Brodie (Rutgers offer).

But a 28-7 loss to Raritan in the playoffs stayed fresh in Shuler's mind the last ninth months. "Not making it all the way, we have something to strive for this year," he said. "Our goal is to make it to the state finals."

Shuler, who has the capabilities to run and throw for 1,000 yards, is the leader of the offense. Of the schools in his top 10, most want him as a receiver.

However, Florida and Oklahoma have shown a desire to recruit him as a cornerback, which he played last season. This season, because it fits Long Branch's personnel better, Shuler is playing free safety.

"There's a lot of pressure," said Shuler, New Jersey's reigning champ in the 100 meters. "I just gotta play through what happens as much as possible. That's my main focus. At safety I can cover by sides of the field with my speed."

As for recruiting, Shuler remains with a top 10 and unsure when he will trim the list again. In addition to the aforementioned Oklahoma and Florida, Shuler is also listing Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Penn State, Northwestern, California, Stanford and Cincinnati.

"There are still schools running through my head," Shuler said. "It's getting more exciting because I'm watching college football now, and I'm looking at the games, looking at the teams and seeing the way they play, and the way they coach. That's why I say it's getting more interesting."

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