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Former Glenbard West star poised for bigger role after solid debut season at Ohio State

Defensive lineman Tommy Schutt, a former Glenbard West star, played in 10 games as a freshman for Ohio State University last season. Photos provided by Ohio State
Defensive lineman Tommy Schutt, a former Glenbard West star, played in 10 games as a freshman for Ohio State University last season. Photos provided by Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a dominant career at Glenbard West High School, Tommy Schutt is set to enter his second season with the Ohio State University football team.

Schutt originally had committed to Penn State University before the Jerry Sandusky scandal was exposed. Schutt later changed his commitment to Ohio State and was an immediate contributor as a freshman for the Buckeyes, seeing action in 10 games.

This fall, with the team not returning any starters on the defensive line, an increased role is likely for Schutt.

What have you been up to this summer?

I’ve been on campus working out and lifting and taking a few classes. We are getting ready for camp, which starts next week.

What was your first season like?

It was a great experience personally and for our team. I had the chance to learn from some really good players, guys who went on to the NFL. I learned valuable things from them, and I feel more prepared for the upcoming year because of my experiences from last year.

What is the biggest difference going up against college offensive linemen?

The speed of the game. Everything is a step quicker. Everybody you are going against is as good if not better than you are. The overall competition is pretty challenging.

What adjustments did you have to make as a player?

Again, the speed of the game. You go from the biggest and strongest guy in high school to being at the bottom of the food chain, having to compete for reps and playing time. That is a lot different than what you are used to in high school.

Does a highlight stand out from your first year?

Definitely beating the team up north [Michigan]. That was a really cool experience for my first year.

How much are you looking forward to your second year?

I’m very excited. Our D-line has a chance to be pretty special this year. We’ve got good depth and a lot of guys coming back. It should be pretty exciting.

Did the Glenbard West program help you prepare for the collegiate level?

Definitely, especially coach [Chad] Hetlet. He does a great job getting guys ready to play in college. Absolutely, playing at Glenbard West really helped my transition to here.

Was it special to see Glenbard West win a state championship last fall?

That was a really cool thing. I was able to watch the game. I’m good buddies with some of those guys, and I was happy for them and happy for coach Hetlet and his staff.

Obviously your recruitment had some twists and turns. Are you happy with how it has turned out?

Absolutely. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I like where I’m at.

How big are the expectations this fall?

We have goals that we set as a team and goals we set personally. We definitely have some big goals we are looking to reach.

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