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2023 New Jersey DB Adon Shuler Excited for Notre Dame Visit

July 14, 2021

2023 Irvington (N.J.) defensive back Adon Shuler‍ will make his way to South Bend at the end of the month for Notre Dame’s end of the summer BBQ. 

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was offered by the Irish in May and Shuler has appreciated the early communication with the Irish staff. 

"The coaching staff has talked to my family and my coaching staff about me getting out there,” Shuler told ISD. “They've really shown interest and that's what really made me want to get out to Notre Dame." 

Safeties coach Chris O’Leary has been the point man for Shuler and the two have already started building a great relationship. Shuler has been impressed with the energy O’Leary brings and knows he’ll do the same on the football field. 

"I've spoken with mainly Coach O'Leary,” stated Shuler. “We talked every week and I've talked to Coach Chad (Bowden) a few times in the past few weeks. I've talked with Coach (Marcus) Freeman as well.

"Coach O'Leary has an energetic personality and he's a coach you know that's going to give his all every day. He's great.” 

O’Leary has also made sure to point out Notre Dame has recruited New Jersey well over the years and especially on defense. 

"I'm from Jersey, so he loves Jersey kids,” laughed Shuler. “He always says the kids from Jersey they have now set a different standard when they come to Notre Dame. I know Shayne (Simon), Clarence (Lewis), the (Ademilola) twins. I know a few of them. 

"I've talked to Clarence a little while ago, but when I get over there, we're going to talk a little bit more." 

The fact New Jersey has a strong presence on the roster is only a positive in the eyes of the Irvington star. 

"It makes it very comfortable knowing I got people there with me from the same cities and town as me,” Shuler said. “It's very comfortable." 

On the field, Shuler has the ability to play in the box or in space, which is something O’Leary has mentioned to him. 

Shuler also knows he’s not a finished product and has used the offseason to improve his game even more. 

"Coach O'Leary says my playing style is very unique because I can play in the box as well as out in coverage,” explained Shuler. "Tackling is something I really pride myself on. This offseason, I've focused on my man coverage, better ball skills - playing both sides of the ball, you have to have ball skills, but on defense, your ball skills have to be even better. I want to get stronger and more fluid out of my breaks." 

As it relates to recruiting, Shuler wasn’t able to take many visits in June as he only visited Penn State and Temple. The hope is he’ll be able to take a few more trips this fall and while he’s not in a rush make a decision, Shuler has noticed Notre Dame has a couple early 2023 commitments. 

"I got to Temple a little while ago, but as of right now, I haven't been able to get to a bunch of schools,” said Shuler. “My school is actually starting mini-camp stuff now. Every weekend, I'm going to try to get to a different school if it's possible.

"My coach and I talked about it and there are a few kids in my class that have committed to Notre Dame already. I'm going to take my time and see where everything goes." 

Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, UMass, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia

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