High School: Penn State

Recruit Schutt monitoring Penn State situation

November, 9, 2011
Glenbard West senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt is still committed to Penn State, but he and his family are monitoring the current situation at the university, according to his father.

Penn State’s football program is currently in turmoil after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested Saturday on 40 criminal counts of child sex abuse. The scandal has made the future of Penn State coach Joe Paterno and his staff uncertain.

Schutt, who is 6-3 and 305 pounds, committed to the Nittany Lions in August. He’s ranked No. 130 in the ESPNU 150 and is the 12th-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2012.

“I don’t think it’s fair to comment because we haven’t talked to Penn State,” his father Dave Schutt said on Tuesday. “We just need to talk [Penn State defensive line] coach Larry Johnson. We’re aware of the situation.”

Johnson recruited Schutt. Penn State was said to be Schutt’s childhood dream school when he committed in August. He had over 20 offers when he made his decision.

Glenbard West's Schutt commits to Penn St.

August, 11, 2011
Glenbard West senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt committed to Penn State on Wednesday.

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.