"I was really excited to get the (verbal) offer,'' Shuler said. "It felt so good.''
It came at the end of a long, fact-finding day which began approximately 11 a.m. and concluded around 6 p.m. for most of the attendees.
Shuler plays quarterback and cornerback at Long Branch, but is being recruited to play cornerback, running back or receiver in college. The athletic Shuler is the Group 2 title holder in the 100 meters, and finished third in the event at the Meet of Champions (10.72 seconds).
He also provided a stellar recap of the Junior Day's schedule, which began with height and weight measurements and lunch before players were put into recruiting groups, based on whom their recruiting coach is.
"First, (assistant) coach (Joe) Susan gave me a tour of the whole school, so that was great,'' Shuler said. "We went around the campus and they showed us the different dorms - the dorms by the (Raritan) River, the dorms by the football field. They showed us different libraries, and then we went to the trainer's room, and they were showing us the technology they used.
"After that, we went to the weight rooms and (learned) how they do things with cameras, and why they have one of the best weight rooms in the whole country, and how they have a machine that shows you the body fat.
"Then, we went to the team room, and one of the guys talked to us about academics. I was asking him questions about pharmacy, because that's what I'm going to major in, and he was telling me that it won't be an issue. You have to keep working in high school and start taking science classes next year.''
At the end of the day Rutgers coach Greg Schiano gathered all the players together one last time.
"It was a great experience, and coach Schiano came in and gave us a final speech,'' Shuler said. "Then, they showed us a highlight tape.''
After that, several of the prospects met individually with members of the coaching staff.
"That's when they said they were going to give me an offer,'' Shuler said.
And although he already knew plenty about Rutgers, he said Junior Day experience added to his liking of the school.
"I like the idea of going to Rutgers,'' Shuler said. "I'm more enthusiastic about going to Rutgers now. Their facilities are great. It's incredible the way the coaches talk, and I like what they're talking about.''
However, Shuler said he is not ready to make a decision where to attend college at this early stage of the recruiting game.