Tommy Schutt still headed to Penn State

Updated: November 10, 2011, 1:46 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Glenbard West senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt is still committed to Penn State and has had communication with its coaching staff, his father said on Thursday.

"We have been in contact with them, but there's still a lot of stuff going on," Dave Schutt said. "Yes, Tommy is still committed."

Penn State trustees fired coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier Wednesday night amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Dave Schutt declined to comment the firing of Paterno.

Schutt, who is 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, committed to the Nittany Lions in August. He is ranked No. 130 in the ESPNU 150 and is Penn State's second-most highly-ranked 2012 recruit. He is also the 12th-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2012.

Penn State defensive lineman coach Larry Johnson recruited Schutt. Penn State was said to be Schutt's childhood dream school when he committed. He had over 20 offers when he made his decision.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.