Shuler At His Best: Running and Recruiting

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Long Branch (N.J.) High's Miles Shuler, who signed with Rutgers earlier this month, defended his 55 meter title at the Meet of Champions with a time of 6.39 seconds. Afterward, he headed to the Rutgers campus to watch the New Level Athletics 7-on-7, and also speak with some players in the competition.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Miles Shuler avenged a pair of stunning losses earlier in the month with his most meaningful run of the year Saturday, then celebrated by doing another thing he does well:

Recruiting for Rutgers.

A few hours after becoming the fourth person all-time to repeat at the Meet of Champions in the 55 meters, Shuler headed to the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 to mix and mingle with dozens of class of 2012 prospects being recruited by the Scarlet Knights.

Shuler arrived on campus after beating Ewing High's Kadeem Douse in the 55 meters. Both timed in at 6.39 seconds, with Shuler gaining the close win after losing to Douse in two meetings this month.

It was the fastest time in New Jersey this season, the ninth-fastest time in the nation, and .01 seconds off the meet record.

"It was a relief. Defending my title was hard," Shuler said. "Everywhere I go, I'm going to have a target on my back. My next thing is keeping that ‘on' switch on and just being the greatest. Now, I just have to keep it on. Everybody is expecting me to be great every time."

The win came after Douse won the last two matchups.

"If I have somebody that's competing (hard), that's going to push me even more," Shuler said. "(Douse) was right next to me. I was in lane 4, he was in lane 5."

Next on Shuler's schedule is the Eastern States Championship on Tuesday in New York, followed by the nationals next month in New York.

But prior to thinking about those competitions, Shuler enjoyed Saturday's victory by watching some of the top players in the 2012 class.

He was joined at the 7-on-7 by Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback and Rutgers signee Gary Nova. The duo spoke with most of the prospects on New Jersey's top team, which included Don Bosco receiver Leonte Carroo, St. Peter's Prep athlete Brandon Napoleon and safety D.J. Singleton, Northern Valley Old Tappan athlete Devin Fuller, Timber Creek Regional linebacker Quanzell Lambert and Freehold Boro linebacker Jazzmar Clax.

Shuler also spoke with plenty of out-of-state prospects, including four-star cornerback Armani Reeves.

"I came up here to see some the players, some of my (future) Rutgers teammates and some of the coaches," Shuler said. "I was in this event last year and wanted to see some of the people, and I'll probably stop by and see some of the (Rutgers) coaches while I'm here."

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