New Jersey speedster talks recruiting

One of Rutgers' top in-state targets, athlete Miles Shuler of Long Branch High, was crowned the 55 meter champ after winning the event Saturday. He also took part in the BagderSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, playing well as a receiver and cornerback. Shuler gave an update on his recruitment, and also talked about Michigan, the latest school to offer a scholarship.

PISCATAWAY -- Miles Shuler began his weekend proving he is the fastest indoor sprinter in the state, and ended with a strong performance in the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics.

Shuler, a 5-foot-10 ½-inch, 175-pounder from Long Branch (N.J.) High, showcased his elite speed for the New Jersey 1 team after winning the state's 55 meters in the Meet of Champions to in a time of 6.40 seconds to close his indoor season.

"People didn't think I was that fast, so I just had to show them,'' Shuler said. "I popped the 6.35 (a few weeks ago), and at the time that was the nation's fastest time until (Saturday), when a kid from Virginia ran a 6.30. Nationals are the same day of the SATs, so I'm not going to do those.''

After winning the 55 meters, Shuler headed to the Rutgers indoor practice bubble to display his ability as a receiver and cornerback. It was the latest of a handful of trips Shuler made to Rutgers, a school he is learning about quickly during the recruiting process. His latest dealings are with Scarlet Knights receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who was hired in January.

"I'm really excited about Rutgers,'' Shuler said. "I know Rutgers is right down the street from me. I was talking to the new wide receivers coach, P.J. Fleck, and he's a real energetic guy. Oh my gosh, but I like that kind of coach.

"I don't want a laid back coach. You can't have that. I want somebody who's going to be on your 24-7, so him and I are going to start being in contact.''

The outdoor track season will begin shortly, but during this window Shuler is focused on recruiting.

He held offers from Rutgers, Connecticut, Duke, Boston College, Stanford, Northwestern and Pittsburgh, and recently was extended an offer from Michigan.

"I was stunned. I was surprised,'' Shuler said of the Michigan offer. "I know what kind of offense Michigan runs. They run that spread offense. I'm excited, and we're going to stay in contact and we're going to talk. I know they have people built like me playing running back at Michigan.''

Shuler's excitement in Michigan comes from his projected college position.

He plays quarterback for Long Branch, but schools are recruiting him to play receiver, running back and cornerback. And he believes he could be a multi-dimensional player, like former Florida Gators star Percy Harvin, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I'm going to play two positions in college,'' Shuler said. "I'm going to play slot receiver and running back. I can catch the ball, and also run the ball out of the backfield and make big plays.''

Shuler has more events on his schedule, including the Nike camp at Penn State. He also wants to attend the Ohio State

"I'm just happy offers are coming in and I have schools to pick from. That's a good thing,'' Shuler said. "These are big-time football programs and they have top academics. Northwestern and Duke. That's great academics. Rutgers? That's great academics and great football.''

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