Shuler an Army All American

Shuler

He may be rated only a three-star prospect by the major scouting services, but evidence continues to mount that Stanford-committed offensive lineman Graham Shuler is much more than an average BCS-level recruit. Last week, an exclamation mark was placed on Shuler's already-impressive senior season when he received an invitation to play in the prestigious Army All American all-star game.

Graham Shuler said that he had been in touch with representatives from the all-star game dating back to last spring before finally receiving the highly sought after invitation last week.

"My coach told me (last week) that they invited me and they were going to do the whole thing," Shuler said. "I just found out a couple of days ago. It was pretty exciting. I'm pretty fired up about it. It's going to be a blast."

Although many of the Army All Americans were announced before the high school football season began, Shuler wasn't surprised by his relatively late selection.

"I always thought it was a possibility," Shuler said. "They stayed in contact with me and I knew they were wanting me to play in it. I wasn't too surprised by it."

Shuler will have plenty of Cardinal company in San Antonio, where the Army game is played each year. Fellow Stanford commits Luke Kaumatule and Alex Carter, and uncommitted prospects like Kyle Murphy, Barry J. Sanders, and Aziz Shittu are also set to be participate.

Shuler is excited about the possibility of a large Cardinal contingent, and has already been in touch with one Stanford recruiting target about playing in the game.

"It's a blast," Shuler said of playing with other Stanford-bound recruits. "I actually messaged Barry [Sanders] when I found out and I told him, ‘man, you better come with it!' We were talking a little bit already. It's awesome; it's a great opportunity for [the commits] to hang out and get to spend some time together, which is going to be great. And also just get to talk to some of those other guys, some of those guys that maybe on the fence at that time and let them see what we're about and let them see the kind of class that we already have with great representation that'll be there."

Although Shuler has already received word of his invitation, his inclusion in the game will become official when the Army bowl has a jersey ceremony at his high school sometime in the near future.

"I'm not sure [when that will be]," Shuler said. "I know they're trying to schedule it. I think they were trying to figure something out...they were working with my coach, who's our athletic director on that."

In the meantime, Shuler's focus is squarely with his Brentwood Academy high school team, which bounced back from its second loss of the season a few weeks back with a resounding 35-7 win over McCallie on Friday. Any possible visits to Stanford will be put on the backburner for the next few weeks as Shuler and the Eagles vie for a state championship.

"I'm planning on getting a ring on my finger this year, so that means I'll be done about Dec. 2," Shuler said. "We'll play Dec. 1 in state, that will be it. That kind of limits the games I can get to just because every weekend we're going to have big playoff games where I need to be here and invested in what we're doing.

"But a bowl game or whatever, I'd go even as a fan, just me and my dad would work that out. I'm not sure when the Pac-12 Championship is, but maybe we can make that. I'm not sure how they handle all that, like if Stanford is the champion going into it, if they get home field, if I can take an unofficial that weekend or whatever, I don't really know how all that works, but we'll figure it out, and I'll keep you posted."

In addition to a state title, Shuler hopes to receive good news from the Stanford admissions office in the next month or so. After months of hard work, he recently submitted his Stanford application.

"I sent my application in, so at this point it's just waiting to hear aback from them," Shuler said. "I'm not really sure when they're going to review my application, it actually just went out [a few] days ago, but it should be getting there soon and I'm hoping for the best with all of that."


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