Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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

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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

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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