2011-03-03 / Sports

Shuler-Foster excited about playing for Rutgers

BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

Miles Shuler-Foster, a standout quarterback at Long Branch High School, gave a verbal commitment to Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano back in December. On Feb. 2, National Signing Day, the Green Wave senior made it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. But Shuler-Foster will actually be a wide receiver for the Scarlet Knights.

Shuler-Foster’s first game as a wide receiver was the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl played on Jan. 8 in San Antonio’s Alamodome. He certainly did not play like it was his first time, however. He caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in a 13- 10 win for the East.

“Itwas a great honor to play in theAll-American Bowl,” Shuler-Foster said. “The best of the best were there, and the competition was second to none.”

TheRutgers recruit added that he still had something to prove, because he was the lowest recruit playing in the game.

“I will always remember that touchdown,” he said. The transition from quarterback to wide receiver should be a natural one, Shuler-Foster said. In fact, he intends to compete for a starting job with the Scarlet Knights.

“I want to work hard and be a big contributor,” Shuler-Foster said. “I also want to have fun and create days I will remember.”

Shuler-Foster has high aspirations for the Rutgers squad, which finished last season with a 4-8 record. Despite the team’s recent struggles, Shuler- Foster is looking forward to playing for Schiano and aDivision I team that went 9-4 just two seasons ago.

“I really want to win the Big East. I really think next year is the year we will, and in the years after, I think we can win a national championship,” he said.

And Shuler-Foster is excited to play for the Scarlet Knights, a team that he admires for its style of play.

“I like the way they play football. They are extremely disciplined,” he said.

Shuler-Foster added, “It is a great situation for me. I can’t wait to get started.”

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