Schutt ready for career year

Tommy Schutt Matt Marcinkowski/ESPNHS

Glenbard West defensive lineman Tommy Schutt has dominated since the first time he put on pads as a freshman, and this feature story in the September issue of ESPNHS details his rise to prominence.

Tales of a 13-year-old athletic freak began to trickle into the athletic department during his eighth-grade year. It was the kind of hype coaches learn to dismiss in High School Coaching 101 — but the rumors persisted.

He’s already 250 pounds and can dunk a basketball.

He’s a stud pitcher with a mid-80s fastball.

It all turned out to be true, but even those impressive feats couldn’t come close to foretelling the type of career Schutt (pronounced “shut”) has enjoyed for the Hilltoppers. In the past two seasons, he’s led Glenbard West to a 23-3 combined record on the gridiron while piling up 138 tackles and 23 sacks as a defensive end. Now a 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior, he is rated the nation’s No. 132 recruit in the ESPNU 150.

It's an interesting read with some good stories about Schutt's early practices with team, when he used to battle one-on-one against former Glenbard West star lineman Chris Watt (now at Notre Dame). Click here for the complete story.