Tommy Schutt, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Home/HS: Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West
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Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 4* (247Sports, Rivals), 5* (Scout)
Offer sheet:Auburn, Boston College, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami (Fl.), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Tennessee, USC, Wisconsin
See if you can keep up: Schutt, a five-star defensive tackle from Illionois, has offers from almost everybody. However, he was said to be high on Notre Dame and Michigan, and then everyone else. Penn State was always up there, as Schutt claimed to have been a fan his whole life. But the Irish and Wolverines were on top.
Earlier this week, Schutt woke up one day with the intention of committing to Notre Dame. However, before Schutt could communicate this to Brian Kelly and the Irish staff, Sheldon Day committed, and took the lone spot remaining on Notre Dame's defensive line (though one has to imagine they'd find room for Jarron Jones, as would we).
Disappointed, Schutt turned to Michigan. However, in ever-the-bridesmaid fashion, Michigan ALSO received a commitment from a top defensive tackle, this time Ondre Pipkins from Missouri being the culprit.
So here we are, three days after Tommy Schutt was scheduled to commit to Notre Dame, welcoming Tommy into the Penn State fold. He quietly spent the last couple of days on campus, fell in love again, and became the 15th Class of 2012 commit (and second in three hours).
Admittedly, I don't have much here. Schutt's commitment snuck up on me rather quickly. Once the news of Notre Dame and Michigan turning him away came around, I didn't think that Schutt would choose again so soon.
Let me get the concerns out of the way first. There have been some recent rumors of Schutt putting on some weight. He dropped quite a bit in 247Sports' recent reworking of the Top 100 (though he's still in the Top 100 at No. 94). However, the kid is still young, and if there is any truth to the rumors, it's nothing some disciplined collegiate workouts can't fix.
Schutt appears to be a prototypical one-tech tackle, which is why his commitment to Notre Dame seemed to fit so nicely given their 3-4 base defense. But with Larry Johnson guiding the young man, I'm sure he'll have no trouble playing at any of the interior line positions.
Allen Trieu of Scout.com is rather high on Schutt - "Very good athlete who gets off the ball and shows good ability and effort in pursuit. Compact and strong, he gets under the pads of offensive linemen and does a good job with his hands disengaging. Right now, he's a disruptor and a playmaker and plays outside a lot."
247Sports, despite their slight demotion, still thinks highly of Schutt, as well. They have him as the No. 2 prospect in Illinois, and the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country.
Finally, Scout.com has now had to rework their rankings twice today, initially moving Penn State to No. 19 in the country, and now bumping the Lions to No. 13. Stars, staff, whatever...this year is a success, and there are still 8-10 spots left!
Welcome to Penn State, Tommy. When it rains, it surely pours...