Shuler Accepts Army Bid, Talks Recruiting

LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler officially accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, and was there for the ceremony. After the hoopla, Shuler spoke about the honor, then gave his thoughts on recruiting and the Green Wave's season.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The assembly hall was filled and Miles Shuler was in a position he isn't always comfortable with being in. He was on stage, and the center of attention.

Shuler, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound quarterback/safety at Long Branch High, was honored by the United States Army on Wednesday afternoon as he formally accepted an invitation to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which is played Jan. 8, 2011, in San Antonio.

"It means a lot," Shuler said. "I know I'm one out of thousands of kids. It's a great opportunity and a great honor. It's a lot of hard work, help from my father. It's a lot of hard work. While other people sleep, I work."

The biggest question is whether Shuler will be representing a college in the game, whether he will announce at the game, or whether he will be undecided a month before signing day.

Shuler, rated a four-star receiver by and being recruited as a receiver and cornerback, will make his first official when he visits Northwestern the weekend Oct. 22-24.

Beyond that, which schools are in the mix?

"Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Rutgers of course, North Carolina," Shuler said.

Shuler added Florida and Oklahoma are also involved in his recruitment, but he is making his lone in-season visit to see Northwestern host Michigan State on homecoming for a reason.

"My father and I promised them an official visit, so they get the first one," Shuler said. "They were the second school to offer me a scholarship, and we promised them we would visit. They were the first school I promised, so they get the first visit."

How many visits Shuler can make after the season remains to be seen.

The Green Wave is on a three-game losing streak and in jeopardy of missing the playoffs, and to put together a winning streak, beginning Friday against Freehold Boro (N.J.) High.

"Our team is ready. We're going to go full speed ahead," Shuler said. "We're going to fight for our lives. We lose and we're not going to the playoffs, so we've got to keep winning."

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