Notre Dame is set to have a very good defensive line haul for 2011, but they didn't aren't going to sign a nose tackle. That might have to wait until next year and it looks like Tommy Schutt (6-foot-3, 300-pounds) is going to be their primary target. The Irish have had their eye on Schutt for some time, and recently extended him a scholarship offer.
"It was about a month ago now," Schutt recalled. "Coach Martin told my coach, and then my coach told me. Then coach Martin stopped in a couple weeks ago and told me that they were officially offering me.
"I first met coach Martin last year sometime when he came to my school and then they started sending me a lot of stuff about midway through my junior season.
Schutt has scholarship offers from schools like Notre Dame, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois, and Boston College. He's also hearing from schools like Penn State, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Florida, Miami, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn.
"I'll probably make as many visits to all the places that I'm interested in, and then I'll probably narrow the list down to about eight or ten," he explained. "Last summer I went to the Iowa camp for a day and last year during the spring I went to Michigan State and Northwestern.
"I definitely am going to try a get out and visits as many schools as I can, but I'm going to narrow things down a bit and decide which ones I'm going to be able to visit, because they're a lot. "
Last week Schutt went up to visit Michigan State for a junior day, and he's planning on getting over to South Bend for Notre Dame's junior day.
"Last time coach Martin was in, he gave me some information about one of their junior days at the end of January," he said. "I'll definitely make it over for that."
Schutt has already been invited to play in the Under Armor All-American and the U.S. Army All-American games next year.
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