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Inside Ohio State Football with Tommy Schutt

Michael ChungCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2012

Tommy Schutt was a much heralded recruit out of Glen Elyn, Illinos. Shortly after Urban Meyer took over the head coaching job at Ohio State University, Tommy Schutt de-committed from Penn State and became a Buckeye. He joins other heralded defensive linemen in the 2012 recruit class.

Schutt took some time to answer a few questions for Bleacher Report.



Did you ever meet Jerry Sandusky?

TS: No! Never did.


What was Joe Paterno like?

TS: I was over at his house for breakfast. He had lots of energy. Paterno preached university and did not talk football as much.


Compare JoePa to Urban Meyer.

TS: Coach Meyer is really intense. Coach Meyer talks football, but he also emphasizes family and wants our team to be a big family.


Did the current head coach at Penn State try to flip you?

TS: No, I never met coach O’Brien.


Did Michigan come at you?

TS: UM at one point had all of their positions full. After I de-committed from Penn State, they did jump in, but I was never really interested.


How did Urban Meyer recruit you?

TS: A few days after he was hired, I received a call from him. I also talked to Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel. I went on an official visit two weeks later and the rest is history.


Tell us about Mike Vrabel?

TS: Can’t ask for much more. He is a great coach and a great guy. He will make me play fast. He was a former Buckeye and had so much NFL experience. I have a lot to learn from him.


Who in your recruiting class impresses you the most?

TS: I think Kyle Dodson will be a great player. Camren Williams, Armani Reeves and Joey O’Connor are going to be great players.  Noah Spence is unbelievable. He and Adolphus on the corners and me inside is something I am really looking forward to.


Was it true that Kyle Kalis had his way with you as some of the Michigan sites have stated?

TS: I do not believe so. Kyle is a great player, but I do not believe that I was dominated.


What did you think of the recent de-commitment of Alex Anzalone?

TS: I do not know the story because I have not met him, but I know he is a great player. I want what is best for him and I hope he makes the best decision he can.


Any prospects you are working on to come join you at OSU?

TS: I talk to Ethan Pocic and I know he is interested, but again, I want what is best for him and hope he goes to the school that will best suit his needs. I think we will win a lot, so I hope people can join us.


Do you know current d-linemen John Simon, Jonathan Hankins and Nate Williams?

TS: Met them on my official visit. I think they will be a great help, as they are all so experienced.






Family, friends and football.


Who have you bonded with in the current class?

TS: The former PSU guys I already knew. Kyle Dodson and I spent a lot of time together at the Army All-American Game. Adolphus and I are tight. I am also getting to know Frank Epitropoulos, Jacoby Boren and Blake Thomas.


Anything else you want to say?



Thanks for taking time Tommy to talk to us. Buckeye Nation is eager to see how your recruiting class, specifically the d-line, will perform during the coming years. Football is won in the trenches and especially the d-line. We look forward to following your career.

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