The Iowa Hawkeyes will be looking to sign one quarterback in the Class of 2007, and they took one step towards accomplishing that goal this weekend.
McNutt was in Iowa City on Saturday to watch the Hawkeyes scrimmage, in addition, to touring their facilities and campus. This was the first visit McNutt had taken to the University of Iowa.
"I really like the coaching staff at Iowa," said McNutt, who holds a 3.5 GPA. "They are all committed to what they are doing, and none of them just gave me brief, short introductions. They all sat down, took the time to talk to me, and wished me good luck. I was happy to receive the offer."
McNutt arrived in Iowa City at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"The first two hours, I just took a tour of their weight room, locker room, and other facilities. I also was shown all the important academic buildings on their campus. They had by far the best weight room I had seen of any school so far," McNutt stated.
"Then, I watched their scrimmage and I really thought everyone was prepared well for everything that was going on. They run a pro-style offense, which I liked."
After practice, McNutt sat down with three members of the Hawkeye coaching staff, including Coach Ferentz, whom informed McNutt of the scholarship offer.
"First, I spoke with Coach (Eric) Johnson about the campus and some of things Iowa offers," added McNutt, who was joined by his parents on the visit. "After that, I met with Coach (Ken) O'Keefe who told me what they look for in a quarterback. He told me he thought I was athletic, but also combined that with the mental aspect. He liked my decision-making, and said I had a quick release."
"Coach Ferentz was the last one I spoke with, and he knew Coach O'Keefe had already spoken to me about a few things. He just told me that the coaches there are committed to their work, and he has a bunch of great guys underneath him. He said he would like to offer me a scholarship."
After a 3-3 start to their 2005 season, McNutt was named Hazelwood Central's new starting quarterback. He led them to six straight victories and into the state championship where they were defeated by DeSmet 38-24. He is also considered a division one basketball recruit.
In the seven games he started at quarterback, McNutt threw for 1239 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in completing 79 of 157 pass attempts. He rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and also caught two passes for 28 yards.
McNutt has previously taken a Junior Day visit to Missouri. He is also receiving strong interest from the likes of Michigan State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Arkansas, and Michigan.