December 12, 2011

Schutt makes the flip

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Ohio State's big recruiting weekend has paid off with its first official (and on-the-record) commit as Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were able to flip the commitment of defensive tackle Tommy Schutt away from Penn State.

"Yeah it is official," Schutt told on Monday evening. "I decommitted from Penn State and gave my verbal commitment to Ohio State."

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound defensive tackle is rated as a four star and is the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois. Schutt also is a member of the Rivals100 and was considered a firm commitment to Penn State up until the time that the issues surrounding Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions surfaced. Even for a while after that it seemed as if Schutt was not going to flip but this past weekend an official visit to Ohio State opened up a lot of doors and was enough to get the change in commitment.

"I Had a great visit this weekend to Ohio State and got to know the coaches and the players better," Schutt said. "I spent a lot of time talking to Urban Meyer."

The Buckeyes did not have a true defensive tackle in the class until getting the pledge from Schutt. The big-time product held offers from most of the major schools in the Midwest and even some powers in the Southeast including Florida, Auburn and Miami (Fla.).

Schutt is not looking at any other schools and will be done with his recruitment and will sign with Ohio State in February 2012.

"I am really glad I made the official visit," Schutt said. "I am excited under the circumstances and I am excited things worked out and I am happy to be a Buckeye."


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