Shuler Gets Answers During Rutgers Trip

Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler made another trip to the Rutgers campus Saturday, where he watched practice and met with receivers coach P.J. Fleck. During the day, Shuler gained a better understanding of how the Scarlet Knights would use him, and what position he would play. Shuler also came to Rutgers with a few questions, and he came away with answers. But where they good?

When Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler sits down to make his college decision, now he knows exactly what his role will if he chooses Rutgers.

The speedy Shuler, who holds double-digit offers, spent most of Saturday at Rutgers on an unofficial visit. He watched spring practice, got another look at the facilities, and most importantly, spent plenty of time with receivers coach P.J. Fleck.

"We were talking about what they do at Rutgers, and what are their criteria, and how he runs things,'' Shuler said. "He was telling me everything they do, and what they like to do, and what they're looking for. They want a person that works really hard, and he wants to get better every day.

"They said they would put me as slot (receiver), and give me a couple of hand-offs here and there, and I could play a little bit of running back also. We'll see what happens.''

The 5-foot-10 ½, 175-pound Shuler plays quarterback at Long Branch, but that is not his projected college position.

Instead, schools are looking at him as a cornerback, slot receiver and running back, with the ability to mix in some "Wildcat" package plays as well.

Rutgers would use Shuler much in the way Florida used Percy Harvin, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I'm into that,'' Shuler said. "Percy Harvin is one of my favorite players in the NFL. I love the way they used him in college.''

During practice, Shuler spent his time watching the receivers.

He went to the school with a mental checklist in his head of what he wanted to see, and didn't come away disappointed.

"I'm looking at people flying around,'' Shuler said. "They are making plays, but I'm looking at if they're playing with intensity, and if it's an exciting environment.

"I was looking at the drills and the coaches, and how energetic they coach. I learn a lot, and I see a lot, like people flying around, making plays. That's what I'm looking for.''

Shuler, who is the New Jersey state champ in the 55 meters, said he is unsure if he will make any more unofficial visits this spring because his outdoor track season will be in full swing.

However, he acknowledged being surprised at the pace of Rutgers' practice.

"I haven't a seen a college (practice) at that speed,'' he said. "It's so up-tempo. They bring a lot of excitement to their game. That's what I like.''


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