Even though there are a lot of returning players at defensive tackle, do not eliminate Schutt as a candidate for early playing time. Schutt, 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, has a nice combination of size and power, and could be ready to play from the start.
"Very good athlete who gets off the ball and shows good ability and effort in pursuit. Compact and strong, he gets under the pads of offensive linemen and does a good job with his hands disengaging. Right now, he's a disruptor and a playmaker and plays outside a lot. In college, if he's going to be a true defensive tackle, he'll have to be a little more disciplined and tie up blockers more, rather than being the one making the play." - Allen Trieu.
SCHUTT ON CHOOSING Ohio STATE:
At one point, Schutt was committed to Penn State but an official visit to Ohio State in December helped changed his mind.
"I'm really excited about it," he said of his future with new Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer. "I think he's definitely going to put the program back on the top in college football, and I'm looking forward to getting out there in the summer and playing."
"I took my official visit to Ohio State just the week after Coach Meyer was hired, and actually I loved the place," said Schutt.