Schutt, who is 6-3 and 295 pounds, chose Penn State over Florida and Wisconsin. He is ranked the No. 12 defensive tackle in the Class of 2012 and the 132nd overall player by ESPN. Schutt is Illinois’ second highest-ranked prospect.
“As a child, that was his favorite school,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. “I think he wanted to be at a disciplined program, a good academic school. It’s JoePa [Penn State coach Joe Paterno.] He’s a legend. He’s still in the game. To be able to play for him, that’s going to be absolutely amazing for him. It’s Penn State. It’s a great, traditional program.”
Schutt had been strongly considering Notre Dame earlier in the month, but the Irish pulled their scholarship after receiving another commitment.
“I’m sure it was a tough pill to swallow,” Hetlet said. “You’re getting to the point where you’re going to commit. The next month they say, ‘Someone else is coming, and we’re not taking another interior lineman.’ That’s tough for anybody, but really tough for a high school kid. I think he handled it well.
“I think everything happens for a reason. I think Penn State is where he wanted to be.”
As a junior, Schutt was among the state’s top defensive linemen. He recorded 67 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.
“I think from a playing standpoint, Penn State is getting a kid who isn’t like a lot of other kids coming out of high school with his size and athleticism,” Hetlet said. “He’s powerful and strong enough. He’s got the physical tools to play right away.”
Penn State now has 15 Class of 2012 commitments.