Shuler Focused On Four, Plus One

Four-star Long Branch (N.J.) athlete Miles Shuler's senior season is coming to a close, and that means his recruitment is starting to crystalize. The talented Shuler spoke to about his recruitment, whether he has any favorites, and where he will visit. Also, he talks about interesting plans for the winter.

Long Branch (N.J.) High's season didn't go nearly as planned, with the Green Wave offense struggling for consistency between big plays from four-star athlete Miles Shuler.

So, with only a consolation playoff game Friday at A.L. Johnson (Clark, N.J.) and a Thanksgiving Day tilt with Red Bank Regional, Shuler is turning much more of his attention to recruiting.

There are four schools in the mix – Rutgers, Northwestern, Stanford and Notre Dame – and a possible fifth.

However, for the first time in his recruitment, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shuler acknowledged there was separation among schools.

"Is there a leader? Yeah, it's definitely between Rutgers and Northwestern," Shuler said. "I would say it's the visits. That's the main reason why. Rutgers, because it's by home, and Northwestern, because I've seen them already.

"Stanford, I know they could also be in the mix, but I haven't been out there yet. So, I could change my mind when I go out there."

Shuler said not to go overboard in saying Rutgers and Northwestern were the leaders because it could change when he takes official visits to Stanford (Nov. 26-28) and Notre Dame (to be determined). He is planning to visit Rutgers in late January.

"I'm thinking about Notre Dame," Shuler said. "I'm looking to schedule something with them, and I'm still deciding on my fifth school. I'm going to keep that (fifth school) quiet right now."

Shuler, who plays quarterback and safety at Long Branch (3-5), is being recruited as a receiver, but schools are also interested in his cornerback skills.

Positional preference is something that will need to be decided, but one thing that doesn't seem to matter is distance.

Rutgers is a 40 minute drive from his home, Northwestern and Notre Dame are a quick flight or a day's drive, and although Stanford is on other side of the country, he has family in Southern California.

"Distance is definitely not a factor," Shuler said. "I always travel, but it would be nice to stay close to home and see my parents and my family can come out and watch me play football, but it's not an issue at all."

While Shuler is highly familiar with Rutgers because of the volume of unofficial visits he took there (he said another could come Saturday, but isn't certain he will attend the Syracuse game), his only official visit has been to Northwestern.

And he came away extremely impressed.

"I like coach (Pat) Fitzgerald. He's a great coach, and I like what he's doing with the team," Shuler said. "I like the wide receivers coach (Kevin Johns). I like what they're trying to do with me. I like the team chemistry, and that's a good thing.

"A lot of players are from everywhere; California, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio. They're all over. I like that fact it's like that, and the academics blew me away and how they do things differently than most schools. It impressed me a lot."

Recruiting isn't the only big decision on the horizon for Shuler.

He is the current state champion in the 100 meters and is one of the state's premier sprinters, but he is likely to eschew the indoor track season to play basketball.

"I haven't played since I was a freshman," Shuler said. "I think I'm going to try out for the basketball, but at the same time get ready for the U.S. Army game, so we're going to have to figure out a schedule."

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