Shuler "Chops" Long Branch Past Ocean 21-17

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Long Branch (N.J.) High's Mile Shuler delivered a pair of long touchdown runs in the second of a 21-17 win at Ocean, and celebrated the second score by directing a Rutgers "Chop" in the direction of Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano, who was standing behindg the end zone. Afterward, Shuler spoke to about the win, his performance, and his gesture.

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – It wasn't Miles Shuler's smoothest game, but it was one that told so much more than a breezy three-touchdown win.

Shuler, the Long Branch (N.J.) High quarterback and high-priority Rutgers recruit, was bottled up in the first half only to break a pair of big runs in the second half, the final a 65-yard run mix of slick moves, tackle-breaking ability and speed.

It came with 4:49 to play and gave the Green Wave a 21-17 win against Ocean Township High, but it was his actions after the touchdown that will have folks buzzing.

After reaching the right corner of the end zone, Shuler arced toward the goalpost, where Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and receivers coach P.J. Fleck were standing, and did the "Chop" the Scarlet Knights are known for doing.

"I was playing around," Shuler said. "I knew coach Schiano was there so I had to give him a little chop, give him a little look. I was just having fun with it."

Shuler finished the game with 133 yards rushing on nine attempts, and offset a lackluster for half with the game-winning score and a nifty 63-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter in which he made a sharp cut at the line of scrimmage before breaking free in the secondary.

Shuler's effectiveness running the ball in the first half was limited because of poor shot-gun snaps and Ocean's ability to get players into the backfield coming off the edges.

"They were doing some things with their ends, and we had to make an adjustment on that," Long Branch coach Dan George said. "We were able to change up a few things and get him loose inside."

However, Shuler still found a way to make a big first-half play with his arm, connecting with Karon Hair on a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

"We made some line adjustments (at the half) and we just buckled down," said Shuler, who threw a first-half interception and also made one. "We just weren't doing what had been doing in practice. We got away from doing that, but in the second half we got back to it and got the better of it.

"It's been three years since I beat Ocean. I just had to beat them before I went off to college."

And where will that be?

"I'm not sure yet," Shuler said.

As for the recruiting process, Shuler maintains he has not trimmed his top 10, which includes Rutgers, Oklahoma, Florida, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Penn State, Northwestern, California, Stanford and Cincinnati.

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