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Happy Independence Day. 

Appalachian State has secured a quarterback commitment for the 2020 recruiting class.

Navy Shuler, a 5-foot-11 passer from Christ School in Arden, picked the Mountaineers on Thursday. He announced his decision on Twitter. 

Shuler is the son of Heath Shuler, a former star quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee (1991 to 1993). Heath Shuler played in the NFL for four seasons. That includes a three-season stint in Washington under former coach Joe Gibbs, who has two grandsons on the App State roster: quarterback Jackson Gibbs and tight end Miller Gibbs.

Heath Shuler later became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 2007 to 2013. 

Last season as a junior, Navy Shuler had 4,112 passing yards and 44 touchdowns for the 10-2 Greenies, who lost to Charlotte Christian 43-14 in the NCISAA Division I championship game.

According to 247Sports, Shuler is a three-star quarterback and the third-ranked QB in the state for the 2020 class. He had 11 total offers, which included ACC schools Duke and Wake Forest.

He is the second quarterback recruited by Coach Eli Drinkwitz since he took over the Appalachian program in December. Drinkwitz signed California QB David Baldwin-Griffin in the 2019 class. The coach's reputation has been built off his offensive pedigree and ability to develop quarterbacks.

In his three seasons as offensive coordinator at N.C. State, Drinkwitz worked with former Wolfpack starter Ryan Finley. Finley was taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals after three straight 3,000-plus passing yard seasons.

Shuler is the seventh commit for the 2020 class and the fourth from the state of North Carolina, joining defensive tackle DeAndre Dingle-Prince (Lee County), defensive back Marqui Lowery (Zebulon Vance) and offensive lineman Seth Williams (Statesville). The other commits are athlete Ronald Clarke, defensive back K'Ron Ferrell and tight end Eli Wilson.

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