May 12, 2010

New offers cap exciting week

Miles Shuler has plenty of reasons to smile these days. Not only is he now widely regarded as one of the top juniors in the Garden State, but he has picked up some big offers in the past week.

Just more than a week ago Shuler impressed at the State College NIKE Camp, putting on a clinic with his speed. He was extremely difficult to match up with and that's one reason he's so coveted by college coaches.

Since then a few schools have become convinced that the 5-foot-11, 173-pound athlete is just what they're looking for.

"Oklahoma offered me last weekend and I picked up two more offers today -- Notre Dame and Michigan State," Shuler said on Wednesday evening.

"With Oklahoma, we contacted each other and they told me they liked my film and my character. They decided to throw in their offer. They want me to play wide receiver for them and they think I'm a play maker. They think I could bring that to Oklahoma.

"I like them a lot. I grew up watching Oklahoma. They were my favorite college team growing up with Adrian Peterson. They used to be my favorite college."

As excited as Shuler was to receive an offer from the Sooners, the Spartans and Irish also have his attention.

"Coach (Bob) Diaco, Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, has been recruiting me for the past two months. He's been by the school in the last week and we talked today. He said coach (Brian) Kelly was impressed with my film and loved my character also.

"I was definitely waiting for that offer. I know they're a great academic school and it's a great football school. Coach Kelly just got there and he's gonna build that team. I'm really excited about Notre Dame. I've got to get up there, see that atmosphere and see what happens.

"As for Michigan State, I know they have great coaches there. It's a great football program but I don't really know a lot about them. I'm going to start doing research on them and stay in contact with the coaches. I think I'm going to call the head coach tomorrow night to have a conversation. I'll find a date to get up there."

Shuler reiterated that he has no favorites at this time. He doesn't have plans to visit any schools either.

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