Ryan Schuler was one of the final pieces in Nebraska?s 2003 recruiting class, committing to the Huskers about a week before signing day. A PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American, Schuler is regarded as one of the nation?s top offensive line prospects and is one of four players in this year?s class who is slated to begin their Husker career as offensive linemen.
Schuler was a dominant offensive lineman at Sioux Falls Washington High for Coach Kim Nelson and helped his team to an 11-2 record and a state runner-up finish in South Dakota?s largest class (Class 11-AA). Schuler was named the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and was a first-team all-state Class 11-AA pick by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, which also selected him to its Elite 45 team recognizing the state?s top prep players regardless of class.
A dominant player at defensive tackle and defensive end in his career, Schuler had 161 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, including 18 sacks, and forced 10 fumbles in three seasons. A talented athlete, Schuler ran the 40-yard dash in less than five seconds, and bench pressed nearly 400 pounds. Schuler was listed as the nation?s No. 7 offensive tackle by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, while Rivals.com recognized him as the No. 14 offensive tackle prospect nationally. He was a PrepStar All-America and All-Midlands Region pick and ranked as the No. 26 offensive tackle by TheInsiders.com. He was chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, but did not play because of illness.
Schuler chose to attend Nebraska after originally committing to Oklahoma in the summer of 2002. He also considered Colorado and Iowa. Schuler attended Big Red Football School during the summer of 2002. He is just the second Husker scholarship recruit from the state of South Dakota since 1985, joining Mark Vedral who signed with the Huskers in the spring of 1997.
An honor roll student, Schuler boasted a 3.65 grade-point average and was active in the FCA. Ryan is the son of Nancy Schuler and was born on Dec. 19, 1984. He has one brother, Chris (20).