Future Scarlet Knights Working Out

Rutgers commits Miles Shuler and Mike Bimonte got together for a throwing session at the Jersey Shore on Thursday. Bimonte, a quarterback, gave his input on Shuler, who was working out as a receiver. Among the observations Bimonte made was "I used to think I knew what fast was. I didn't have a clue until I saw him." See what else took place, and who else could be joining them in the next sesssion.

Rutgers commit and Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) quarterback Mike Bimonte learned Thursday why more three dozen schools, including Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Florida, offered Long Branch (N.J.) High's Miles Shuler.

It came when the two got together to work out in Wall Township.

"He has speed like no other," Bimonte said. "I used to think I knew what fast was. I didn't have a clue until I saw him. He can fly. He doesn't even run. It looks like he's flying across. He's not even running."

Shuler, who played quarterback at Long Branch, committed to Rutgers two weeks ago as a receiver.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Shuler is the state champ in the 100 meters, running the third-fastest time (10.39 seconds) in Meet of Champions history. Bimonte saw why so many schools wanted Shuler to play the slot receiver position.

"He catches the ball very well," Bimonte said. "I don't think he dropped a ball. He was making one-handed grabs. He catches the ball very well."

While Shuler impressed Bimonte, it was a two-way street when it came to compliments. This was the first time Shuler saw throw Bimonte in person.

The throwing session also included Rutgers walk-on running back Travis Patterson, who played at Long Branch.

This isn't going to be a one-time experience, either.

Shuler is heading to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this weekend, but upon returning the duo plan on working out together regularly, but with a few other prospects.

When the group gets together again later this month, it likely will include Rutgers commit and Neptune (N.J.) High running back/defensive back Charles Davis, and uncommitted five-star running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.).

Davis was playing in the Chesapeake Bowl, and Huggins was preparing to travel to the Under Armour All-star game in Orlando, Fla.

While the benefits of Shuler working out at receiver are evident, Bimonte said he got just as much out of the session.

"There's a huge jump from high school to college, and just training with him is going to help me get to that next level," Bimonte said. "You're not going to find any kids faster than Miles, or as fast, so he'll give me that edge on getting used to the speed level sooner."

This was also the first time Bimonte threw since Manalapan played Marlboro on Nov. 25.

"I gave my arm a rest, and this was the first time I've thrown since the end of the season," Bimonte said. "I've been lifting and training this whole time, but now I'm going to start sprinkling in more and more throwing. I'll be training six or seven days a week.

"I think Miles said it – it just feels good to get the football back in your hands. I haven't touched one in a month."

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