"In the end, the coaches made me feel like I wanted to be a part of their program," McNutt said. "It feels like you are a part of the family they have up there, and the coaches are great."
It is a well-known fact in Hawkeye circles that the coaching staff and their ‘family' setting makes the difference in the eyes of would be recruits. That certainly holds true in this case. Coach Eric Johnson (TE/Recruiting Coordinator) played a significant role in the recruitment of McNutt. "Coach Johnson was with me from the beginning. He made a big difference and impression as to why I am a Hawkeye now. Coach Ferentz is a great person, too. Everyone there is great." McNutt said.
At 6-4, 190 pounds, and being a left-handed scrambling QB, the obvious comparison might be to Michael Vick. For McNutt, that is not his choice. "We are a like in that we are both lefties, but I am not as fast as he is. I really do not compare myself with anyone. I just try to play hard and lead my team to victory."
That unselfish train of thought will serve him well as a college football player. It will also serve him well once he gets to know Iowa Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle - whom he has briefly met. "I have heard stories about him," McNutt stated as he laughed. " Most of them are good, but he works people hard and makes them better football players."
When talking about his upcoming senior season, McNutt is quick to say that the team will be very good. "We have a lot of players back, and a lot of secrets people do not know about," the left-handed signal caller said with a laugh. "We should be pretty good." Another thing he wants people in Iowa to know: he is going to start buying all the Iowa shirts and hats he can find. "I have a couple of shirts and a hat right now," McNutt explains. "But, I am going to buy as many as I can get my hands on...gotta get the word out there, man."
Marvin McNutt's commitment is the 6th known commitment for the Hawkeye Football program from the Class of 2007. He will, in all likelihood, be the only QB the Hawkeye coaches take from this class.
He hopes that he can find more players for the Hawkeyes in the future. "I do not really know too many guys from the St. Louis area that are looking at Iowa right now," McNutt said with an open-ended tone. "But, you can be sure that we are going to find them all over the country." McNutt can be sure that his commitment just made the Hawkeye fans in Iowa, Texas, Missouri, New York, and in the other 46 states, very happy.
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Quarterback, Hazelwood, Missouri
Known Offers: Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Kansas State. Has also been offered a few scholarships to play basketball, including one from mid-major power Southern Illinois.
High School Football Accolades: Was a starter for just half of his junior season, but still completed 50.3 percent of his passes, for 1,239 yards and 12 touchdowns. Led the Hazelwood Central Hawks to a runner-up finish in Missouri Class Six, its largest. According to the St, Louis Post-Dispatch, McNutt averaged 11.5 points per game for the Hawks basketball team, which won a district championship, and batted .407 as the designated hitter on the baseball team, which finished second in Class 4A.
Star Rating: McNutt received three stars on a five star scale from Scout.com. Iowa offered him a scholarship on or around Valentine's Day.