Summer time in Nashville is a time some high school football players enjoy.
It's a time to bond with teammates; it's a time to work hard and prepare for the upcoming fall football season.
That's exactly what 2012 rising junior Graham Shuler is doing this summer. The Brentwood Academy offensive lineman has been working hard and is focused on one thing - winning a state championship this fall.
"I decided to stay in town and stay around my teammates this summer," Shuler told InsideTennessee.com. "I'm working hard. I want to perform to the best of my ability this fall and help lead my team to a state championship. We have the talent, and we feel that this is the year."
So, instead of attending a lot of summer camps, Shuler has opted to spend a lot of time in the weight room, and it's apparently paying off.
"I'm getting a little bigger during the off-season," Shuler said. "I'm up around 260 pounds."
Shuler, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound athlete who has 5.0 40 speed, prides himself on his athletic ability and quick feet.
Shuler, a junior this fall, currently has no official offers, but hopes that will change in the near future.
There is another school that Shuler has interest in.
"I really do have interest in the University of Tennessee," Shuler admitted. "I grew up an Auburn fan because that's where my dad played, but right now I'm very wide open in my recruitment."
One thing piques Shuler's interest more than anything about the Vols and other SEC schools.
"I love the SEC a lot," Shuler said. "I have a lot of respect for UT and their program. I plan on getting to know their new coaching staff a lot better. They are close to home and I have a lot of friends that go to school there."