Four-star Shuler to Schiano: "I'm in"

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano had an in-home visit with Long Branch (N.J.) High four-star athlete Miles Shuler, and before he left, the Scarlet Knights recruiting class grew by one. Shuler gave Schiano a non-binding oral commitment, then explained to how the commitment took place, why he did it, and what it means.

Long Branch (N.J.) High quarterback Miles Shuler sat around the table with his family, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

As they were talking during an in-home visit, Shuler's uncle, Matthew, flipped a Rutgers hat onto the table. After handling it for a bit, Shuler inconspicuously slid it on his head.

"I did it real quietly …and coach Schiano said, ‘What does this mean?" Shuler said. "And I said, ‘I'm in.' The house got all loud."

With that, Rutgers had its highest profile recruit of the 2011 recruiting class as Shuler, rated a four-star and projected as a receiver, gave a non-binding oral commitment to the Scarlet Knights.

"It's time to do this thing in Jersey and stay home and start winning championships here," said Shuler,'s 37th-rated receiver. "We're going to change this whole thing. That's why Rutgers (was the choice)."

Shuler, the state champ in the 100 meters, will enter Rutgers as a receiver. He recently narrowed his list of more than 30 offers to Notre Dame, Rutgers and Northwestern before deciding on the Scarlet Knights.

Fleck and Schiano built the relationship with Shuler, but another person close to the Shuler family impacted the decision. Early in the recruiting process Shuler was being recruited heavily by then-Pittsburgh assistant Jeff Hafley, but earlier in the day Rutgers announced Hafley joined Schiano's staff.

"It had a great impact," Shuler said. "I know what kind of recruiter he is, and I love that guy. He and I built a really strong relationship, and I'm so glad that he's home and here. It had a big affect on it also."

Shuler was a first-team all-state selection at Long Branch High, but as a safety.

Shuler made 96 tackles and made two interceptions on defense, but is better known for his offensive exploits.

He rushed for 870 yards and 13scores, and threw for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.

His commitment will put Rutgers' name in the limelight in one of the top all-star competitions in January. Shuler is playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan.8 in San Antonio, Texas.

For now, though, he is taking a few deep breaths and relaxing after his big decision.

"I'm a little bit at ease now that this is all over," Shuler said. "I just feel comfortable being in the position I'm in right now. It's over, and I'm ready to go and play some college ball and get this recruiting class solidified. We've got to move forward. We've got some things to do."

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