Recruiting Heats Up for McNutt

Marvin McNutt is one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest thus far in the class of 2007 recruiting season. He made the move to quarterback midway through the 2005 season for Hazelwood Central (St. Louis) and he led his team to the state title game. Iowa has offered McNutt, and now several other schools are getting involved. McNutt talks about Iowa in this recruiting update and has some interesting things to say...

So far, Marvin McNutt is one of the better kept secrets across the Midwest this year.

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.

In those seven games, McNutt threw for 1239 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in completing 79 of 157 pass attempts. He also rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and caught two passes for 28 yards. He is also considered a division one basketball recruit.

That has led to offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. It appears another offer is on the way, and several other schools have taken the time to make a visit to Hazelwood Central.

"All of the schools that have offered me, plus Kansas State, Kansas, Wake Forest, Louisville, Michigan State, and Nebraska have all come by the school," McNutt told

"Minnesota told me last week that I have an offer coming, but I haven't received in writing, yet. I'm wide open, right now, but my favorites are Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas State, and Michigan State."

McNutt noted that both Kansas and Louisville have attempted to reach him via phone, but their attempts have been unsuccessful. Last week, McNutt did get the chance to talk with both Iowa and Missouri.

"I was asked to call Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, so I did, and he basically just wanted to know how everything was going," added McNutt, who holds a 3.3 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.

"He was curious to know if I was coming to their camp, and I told him I'm pretty sure I'll make up there June 11th for camp. He told me Iowa is a perfect fit for me, and I was impressed to know that I'm the only quarterback they've offered, so far. He said (offensive coordinator) Coach (Ken) O'Keefe is real picky, and I'm the only guy he has wanted to offer."

"I spoke to Coach (Cornell) Ford, and Coach (David) Yost at Missouri. Coach Yost was wondering how come I hadn't been answering his text messages, but I've been busy. He asked me to come to their one day camp and I think I'm going to make an appearance."

"He told me Coach (Gary) Pinkel really likes lefties, especially since he was able to work with Mark Brunell. He likes my agility and how I can make my own play when I get in trouble. They said I can run like Brad Smith, but that I have the arm strength combined with my athleticism."

McNutt is a three-sport athlete, who also holds division one offers from Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Northern Illinois in basketball. He also competes in baseball.

AAU basketball has been what has taken him away from recruiting this spring, but he says, he is currently leaning towards football.

"You play in front of bigger crowds in football, and obviously, I have a lot of bigger schools recruiting me. All the schools have told me they'll allow me to talk to the basketball coach, but Iowa for instance, is always playing in January bowl games and that is already in the middle of basketball season. So, right now, I'm thinking I'll probably just play football, unless something changes," McNutt stated.

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