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September 13, 2013It took a couple years longer than anticipated, but Northwestern has finally landed Miles Shuler.
The speedy wide receiver will transfer from Rutgers to Northwestern, texting "I'm going to be a Northwestern Wildcat" to WildcatReport this afternoon.
Northwestern heavily recruited Shuler out of Long Branch (N.J.) in 2011, but he wound up signing with Rutgers, his home state school.
In two seasons with the Scarlet Knights, Shuler failed to find a role, however. He didn't catch any passes as a freshman and caught just five passes for 71 yards and ran the ball once for 25 yards as a sophomore in 2012.
Shuler announced his intention to transfer in August and visited Northwestern on Wednesday. He will sit out the 2013 season per NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Shuler was a sought after recruit in the Class of 2011, making the Rivals150 and playing in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game. He was the No. 3 prospect in the state of New Jersey and the 16th-ranked wide receiver in the country.
Shuler's strength as a player is speed. He runs a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and was the New Jersey state champion in both the 55- and 100-meter dashes.
He will most likely return kicks and play slot wide receiver for Northwestern, but he also could fill the speed tailback role currently played by Venric Mark.