Stutz Hits The Road

Garrett Stutz became a hot name this summer and with the early signing period approaching, his recruitment is heating up. The big guy from Missouri has taken visits each of the last three weekends and has four more scheduled.

There are a lot of programs still in need of a quality big guy and that's one of the reasons Garrett Stutz' recruitment has taken off. The 6-foot-11, 225-pound rising senior grabbed the attention of coaches this spring and coaches have been on him since.

"I went down to the Kingwood Classic at the end of the April and I played pretty good and some of the smaller schools started to recognize me," Stutz said. "Then the Great American Shootout I played pretty well and some of the bigger schools started to notice me. After that it just took off."

"It's been very fun so far," he continued. "In July it got a little bit overwhelming, during the week off in July. Since then it's been a blast."

Stutz claims scholarship offers from St. Louis, SMU, Wichita State, Nebraska, Kansas State and Northwestern. He's also hearing from Kentucky, Marquette and Connecticut.

Stutz has had in-home visits with everyone on that list except for Marquette, who is expected to come later this week. His most recent in-home visit was Monday evening with Billy Gillispie.

"It was a good," the Kansas City (Mo.) North Kansas City star said. "We had a very good talk. As far as scholarship goes, it's hard to explain. Sometime this weekend he's going to call me again and we are going to talk more about it."

While coaches have been busy making the trip to Missouri to meet with him, Stutz has made a few trips himself. September 15th he saw Nebraska, on the 22nd he checked out Wichita State and this past weekend he tripped to Northwestern.

This coming weekend he'll head to Kansas State. Then the weekend of midnight madness he'll be in Lexington to see Kentucky's campus. On October 20th he'll see SMU and the last weekend of the month he plans to go to Marquette.

"This has all happened so fast, I'm just trying to do as much research as I can and watch some of their past games and visit as many of them as I can," Stutz said. "There all pretty much even right now."

The plan is to take his remaining visits and then begin narrowing down his list. Stutz hopes to sign early, but he's not sure if that will be possible.

"I would like to sign in the early period and I'm hoping too. But if it comes down to where I still have two or three or schools and I don't know which one I like better and there's not a clear favorite then I'd have no problem signing late."

Stutz is rated as a three-star prospect on

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