Saturday, February 28, 2015

Penn State loses top recruit to Buckeyes

Tommy Schutt, who had been Penn State's highest-rated verbal commitment for the Class of 2012, has committed to Ohio State, multiple media outlets reported Monday night. Schutt, a defensive tackle from Glen Ellyn, Ill, visited Columbus over the weekend.

Penn State loses top recruit to Buckeyes

Tommy Schutt, who had been Penn State's highest-rated verbal commitment for the Class of 2012, has committed to Ohio State, multiple media outlets reported Monday night. Schutt, a defensive tackle from Glen Ellyn, Ill, visited Columbus over the weekend.

Scout.com ranks Schutt a five-star recruit, while rivals.com gave him four stars. 

"I think he's extremely happy," his coach at Glenbard West High, Chad Hetlet, told ESPN.com. "He came back (Sunday) from his trip to Ohio State, and he was very impressed with coach Urban Meyer and what his vision was for the program and where he sees Tommy fitting in."

According to ESPN.com, Schutt - listed at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds - told Penn State co-defensive coordinator Larry Johnson his decision on Monday.

Schutt is the third player to de-committ from Penn State since the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal broke and Joe Paterno was fired in early November. Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor and tight end J.P. Holtz have also de-committed in the past few weeks.

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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