Schutt excited for PSU — after 2011

Glen Ellyn, IL

It is easy to run out of superlatives when describing Tommy Schutt and the impact the senior has on Glenbard West and more specifically the Hilltoppers defense. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive end combines size, speed and strength and will continue his football career at Penn State University next fall.

What are your thoughts about the 6-0 start, highlighted by a 51-13 win over Proviso West on Saturday?
We’ve been playing really well. We’ve stressed all season to start out fast and we’ve done that every game. Hopefully we will keep things going.

What makes this defense, which hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game, so special?
We play very fast and physical. Those are two things we pride ourselves on. It’s a lot of fun playing with these guys.

The defense forced five turnovers against Proviso West, including an interception return for a score. How important is it to get those takeaways?
That is something we’ve struggled with a little bit. Forcing turnovers is something we’ve stressed in practice and we’ve come up with more the last couple of weeks.

What have you seen from opposing offenses this year to try to counteract you?
One thing I’ve seen a lot of is chop blocks. That takes away the fun of the game a little bit but I’m just doing what I can.

You have even seen time on offense, including picking up a rushing touchdown against Hinsdale Central. What was that like?
It was really cool. That was my first touchdown since freshman year; it was great to get the ball again.

How do you handicap this week’s matchup against fellow unbeaten Addison Trail?
They are a good team, we played them in 7-on-7 this summer. They have good players. They are the only team that beat us our freshman year so it is a little bit of a revenge game for the senior class.

How did Penn State come about?
After everything shook out, I took a visit out there and I fell in love with the place and the everyone in the community. After this year, I’m excited to go out there.

Did you get a chance to talk with legendary coach Joe Paterno?
I took an official visit for the Penn State-Alabama game and that Sunday after the game, I went out to his house for an hour. He’s a great guy, it was unbelievable.

How do you sum up the recruiting process?
It was mostly fun though it got a little stressful. I’m thankful for the opportunity and hopefully I’ll make the most of it.