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State powers set for national TV battle

The timing of the Glenbard West vs. Wheaton-Warrenville South game is a bit odd, as the two schools open on Sunday at 12 p.m. But there will be very large audience watching, as the meeting is being televised on ESPN2 as part of the ESPN High School Foootball Kickoff.

The game itself should be interesting. Glenbard West opens the season as the No. 2 team in our rankings, while two-time defending 7A champ Wheaton South checks in at No. 4. Wheaton South is turning over much of its roster from last year, with five new starters projected along the offensive line. That may prove problematic on Sunday, as Glenbard West's headline player is massive DL Tommy Schutt. It should be interesting to see how Wheaton South attempts to block Schutt, who we featured on the cover of the September issue of ESPNHS Illinois magazine. From that story:

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.

Considering he never played a down of football before getting to Glenbard West, his accomplishments in the sport just add to his legend.

“He can do things athletically that will blow you away,” says Glenbard West head coach Chad Hetlet. “We’ve had our share of great players come through here, but his natural athleticism is off the charts.”

So yeah, expect Wheaton South to do whatever it takes to try and block that guy.

For the complete story, click here.

For a cool breakdown of both teams from ESPN Recruiting, click here.