19 in 19: ATH Miles Shuler

ScarletReport.com's "19 in 19" series comes to a close with today's piece on four-star receiver Miles Shuler. It is the 19th profile on the incoming freshmen in 19 days.

Miles Shuler knew the transition from Long Branch (N.J.) High to Rutgers was going to be challenging, and last week he got a taste of to what level.

He was working out with Jersey shore brethren and future teammate Tim Wright, a receiver at Rutgers.

The two were running pass routes, which was new to Shuler, a quarterback and defensive back in high school, when it dawned on him how much he needs to know before he can get on the field at Rutgers.

"A lot of it is (eye-opening)," Shuler said. "He was showing me the way you read the cover, stemming routes, and some things I've never heard of, and route concepts, coming out of breaks, sideline catches. There's a lot of stuff that I wasn't aware of, and different techniques. It's going good."

It will be part of Shuler's indoctrination to college football.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shuler, who is the reigning state champ in the 100 meters (10.39 seconds), is closing out his track season before a mid-June graduation.

After graduation he will have a few weeks off before enrolling in the second summer session at Rutgers, but he has already put in a lot of work.

Between running track and finishing up his school work, Shuler has been at Rutgers working out and meeting with the coaching staff, throwing with incoming freshman quarterback Mike Bimonte and a handful of other Jersey shore products, and working to get stronger so he can compete for playing time immediately.

But in order for Shuler to provide the speed Rutgers wants, and lacked last season, at the receiver position, he needs to put in a lot of work to learn the position.

"It's great. I'm learning a lot of stuff," Shuler said. "Things are coming to me really quick. I'm not sure if they're going to have me in the slot, or have me on the outside also, but (Wright's) showing me some of the things."

Shuler, rated with four stars and projected to play receiver in college by Scout.com, played in the U.S. Army All-America game after a strong senior season in which he ran for more than 1,100 yards and threw for more than 1,200 yards and combined to produce 26 touchdowns from his quarterback spot.

He also made 96 tackles and had two interception while playing safety, after lining up at cornerback as a junior.

"I'm not nervous about going (to Rutgers)," Shuler said. "I'm really excited. I can't wait. I'm going to be really energetic. I know it's going to be probably the hardest thing I do in my life with all the training and lifting, but I know I'm strong enough to get through it. I cannot wait."

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