Update: So this is happening!
Update: Horses, held:
Update: Miles Shuler just texted me directly and said he has not gotten the results of his appeal, so there is no transfer anywhere yet.— Scott Stump (@Scott_Stump) September 5, 2013
That appeal would be the one to Rutgers' athletic department to allow him to transfer to a Big Ten school. Shuler says the Northwestern reports were "a false alarm," but it does seem like Northwestern is in the mix.
Some unexpected news Wednesday night, as Northwestern may have gotten a great pickup at wide receiver: Miles Shuler, a former four-star wide receiver prospect who is heading out of Rutgers after failing to mesh under Kyle Flood.
The news comes from Scott Stump of Jersey-based All Shores Media:
Miles Shuler (Long Branch) is transferring from RU to Northwestern, according to ASM/EliteRecruits' Chris Melvin, who just spoke to Shuler.— Scott Stump (@Scott_Stump) September 5, 2013
Shuler was initially blocked by Kyle Flood from transferring to a Big Ten school, but Stump reports that Shuler won an appeal to the school's athletic department. So it seems like the kid really had his heart set on the Wildcats.
Shuler was a dynamite recruit out of Long Branch (N.J.) -- his team's quarterback, but as a speedster who won the state title in the 100- and 55-yard dashes, his main college potential seemed to be at wide receiver. A consensus four-star, 247's composite ranked the 5'10 lightning bolt as the No. 11 athlete in the country, while Rivals and Scout each called him the No. 11 wide receiver.
Northwestern had been one of Shuler's official visits while being recruited from Long Branch (N.J.), with a slew of other schools in on the hunt -- Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, etc. -- but he chose to stay close to home instead of choosing smartypants schools like NU and Stanford.
However, his first two years weren't too great -- no catches as a freshman, just five for 71 yards as a sophomore -- and although Kyle Flood said he would have a bigger role this year, he felt it was best to move on.
Kid is fast! NU will have an opening in the slot next year, so this works perfectly. We'll also have an opening for really fast people with Kain Colter and Venric Mark gone.
Shuler, of course, will sit out this year, but will be eligible to play next year when four-star HS-QB-but-likely-WR-in-college Dariean Watkins will also arrive on campus. It would seem Northwestern's quarter system would help in that regard, since NU hasn't started classes yet and he could still be here for a full academic year.
Northwestern, of course, has great experience with elite wide receiver prospects transferring in after two disappointing seasons whose first name rhymes with "smile" and last name is six letters and ends in "-ER."
Shuler's Twitter had made it seem a decision was close:
Tomorrow is gonna be one of the most important days of my life. New Chapter in my book is going to be written.— Miles Shuler (@miles_shuler) September 4, 2013
I can't go to sleep. Just thinking about tomorrow and my future.— Miles Shuler (@miles_shuler) September 4, 2013
I didn't sign up for this! Time to renegotiate this contract. Lmao— Miles Shuler (@miles_shuler) September 4, 2013
But sometimes also didn't:
I haven't made a decision on a college yet. I have no clue about what's going on.— Miles Shuler (@miles_shuler) September 5, 2013
I haven't heard anything yet about the process. I'm still waiting on some things to clear up before a decision is made.— Miles Shuler (@miles_shuler) September 5, 2013