Earlier this summer, Northwestern saw a highly touted high school prospect, Eric Wilson, transfer to Cincinnati. On Wednesday, a report stated Northwestern may have received an even more feted prep talent via transfer.
Scout.com’s Brian Dohn has the story (subscriber only): Former Rutgers receiver Miles Shuler, a four-star recruit out of Long Branch (New Jersey) high school, who rebuffed offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Nebraska and others before committing to the Scarlet Knights, is expected to join Northwestern.
According to Dohn, Shuler left Rutgers last week, but was prohibited from speaking to Northwestern due to the possibility the Wildcats could play the Scarlet Knights in the conference championship game in 2014. Shuler appealed the ruling, and received word Wednesday the NCAA had cleared his decision to transfer. The typical one-year transfer penalty will keep Shuler from playing this season, but he will be cleared for 2014, with two seasons remaining on his eligibility ticker.
If Shuler is, indeed, given the greenlight to complete his move to Evanston, this is big news for the Wildcats. Shuler adds another dynamic piece to an already well-stocked receiving corps. Though Shuler made just five catches for 71 yards last season for Rutgers, his high school credentials – and insane highlight video – testify to his supreme athletic ability. He will make an excellent fit in coordinator Mick McCall’s spread offense, and should provide a welcomed dose of big-play ability for a receiving corps that lacked it last season.
The only downside? Shuler won’t be able to play until next season.
Update: according to Scott Stump of All Shore Media, Shuler is still waiting on the results of his appeal. That means his transfer to Northwestern is not official. Stay tuned for as the story develops.