Long Branch junior hearing from RU

Rutgers has shown interest in a class of 2011 athlete from the Jersey Shore, who recently received a letter asking for his highlight tape. He is a quarterback who projects at the college level to be either a running back or cornerback. ScarletReport.com caught up with the player to talk early favorites, discuss his style of play and learn whether Rutgers offers his desired major.

The letters are starting to come for Long Branch (N.J.) High class of 2011 athlete Miles Shuler, including interest from a pair of Big East schools.

Shuler, a class of 2011 quarterback who is being recruited as an athlete, said he is getting letters from Rutgers, Connecticut and Oregon. He recently received a letter from Rutgers tight ends coach Joe Susan.

"The first couple letters asked for information to be filled out,'' Shuler said. "Also, they want me to send tapes so they can see my film.''

The Huskies also requested a copy of his transcripts, which shouldn't be an issue. Shuler will take the SATs in December, and he said he carries a 3.88 grade point average.

Shuler does not hold any offers, but if he had to choose a favorite, "right now it would probably be Rutgers.''

As a sophomore, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Shuler won the New Jersey state Group II title in the 100 meters (10.77 seconds) and finished third at the state's Meet of Champions with a time of 10.72 seconds.

Shuler said schools are recruiting him as an athlete, and he envisions playing either cornerback or running back in college.

"I like the ball being in my hands,'' Shuler said. "I like the ball in my hands, so I don't see me playing defense.''

Long Branch runs a spread offense with a heavy emphasis on Shuler running the ball. He has rushed for roughly 412 yards for the 4-0 Green Waves. He also missed time after suffering a concussion against Red Bank Catholic.

Shuler's current position calls for him to intricately know the responsibilities of everyone else on the field, particularly his receivers. And receiver could be a position in his future as well.

"I'd rather be a running back, but if the team needs me to play wide receiver, I would play,'' Shuler said. "But I've never played receiver before.''

Shuler's favorite team to watch is Oklahoma, and his own research showed Oklahoma and Rutgers both offer the field he is interested in pursuing.

"I want to be a pharmacist,'' he said. "I like math and science. There was a person from the pharmacy that came in (during a career day) and explained what he did, and he did a couple of math problems. Afterward, I did some research on it and liked what I saw.

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