Glenbard West High (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) five-star Tommy Schutt, the No. 6-rated defensive tackle in the 2012 class, will make an unofficial visit to campus Tuesday to watch practice, meet with the coaching staff and tour the campus, and it could be his last trip before making a decision.
"I think he's going to make a decision before our season starts," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet told IrishEyes.com. "I think it will be before our first game (Aug. 26). Our first game (vs. Wheaton-Warrenville South) is going to be on ESPN2, televised live, and I think he wants to have it done and make an announcement prior to it. That can be in two weeks, or three weeks, I don't know."
And while he made unofficial visits and checked out various campuses, he does have a familiar name in South Bend, Ind.
Chris Watt, who was Scout.com's No. 1 guard in the 2009 class, is a left guard at Notre Dame. In fact, when Schutt was unveiled his top four schools last month, he was planning a visit to campus, and was set to spend a night hanging out with Watt, before having to reschedule it.
"I don't think any of the coaches were around," Hetlet said. "I don't think he would have been taking in the whole environment. This way he can see a practice, see what is going on with school, and see the whole process."
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt finished his junior season with 67 tackles, including 12 sacks, and recovered four fumbles. And Hetlet said it doesn't matter if Schutt plays in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense.
"I think he's a kid who can play in both schemes," Hetlet said. "He can be a nose (guard), a three-technique, or in a 3-4 he can be a zero (technique), probably play a four-technique. The scheme doesn't matter to him. I think he's going to go where he fits best."
More important than on the field is how Schutt will fit into the classroom environment.
"Academics are his first requirement and I think Notre Dame fills the bill for that," Hetlet said. "I think he's had a great experience the little bit he's been in contact with them. Notre Dame is also a close school for him, and there's no doubt Notre Dame is on the rise. We already have a kid there who (is having) a great experience in Chris Watt."