Offered Shuler gives insight on Junior Day

One of the top athletes along the Jersey Shore was told recently a written Rutgers offer was coming, and during Junior Day he learned he would receive it Monday. Long Branch (N.J.) High quarterback/cornerback Miles Shuler also gave a breakdown of everything that took place during the day, and talked about whether it changed his view of the Scarlet Knights' program.

The written offer for Long Branch (N.J.) High's Miles Shuler will be faxed by Rutgers on Monday, and although he's known for more than a week it was coming, he still experienced some great emotions when he was told about it at the conclusion of Junior Day.

"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.''

There was also a Q&A session featuring Rutgers players, including quarterback Tom Savage and receiver Mohamed Sanu, two of the staples of the Scarlet Knights' program the next few seasons.

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.

Shuler holds offers from Duke and Northwestern, as well as the one being sent by Rutgers on Monday. Pittsburgh and Boston College also told him they wanted offer.

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.

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