The decision for La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy offensive lineman Jack Shutack comes down to a lot more than scholarship money.
“Tennessee has really come hard at him, and even getting a preferred walk-on status at an SEC school is a very prestigious honor,” said Nazareth head coach Tim Racki. “Not just anybody get walk on, which I don’t think people quite understand. You’re getting all of the amenities that anyone on scholarship does, plus he has the confidence that he would be able to earn a scholarship. … It’s an opportunity he, at least, wants to explore and we’ll find out tomorrow.”
Snow delayed Shutack’s return to Chicago from his Tennessee official visit. With schools cancelled from the weather, Shutcak’s meeting with Racki originally scheduled for Monday night will take place tomorrow.
“When we get back into school tomorrow, we’ll have a face-to-face talk after he has a chance to reflect and digest the last two weeks,” Racki said. “Until I talk to him face-to-face, I don’t have a gauge on which way he wants to go yet. We’ll do that tomorrow.”
Rutgers, which offered Shutack a full athletic scholarship, hosted the big offensive lineman prior to Tennessee.
“They’ve both been great, come in, sat down with him and told him where he stood with both programs,” Shutack said. “It’s a tough decision. We have a few players that are going to play at the next level, so it’s a lot for Jack to sort out. He knows that he is in good hands regardless of what choice he makes.”
Shutack has interest in both the schools, and named them finalists to Scout after his Rutgers visit. He told Scout Sunday to expect a decision shortly after he meets with Racki.
“That’s been his goal all along,” Racki said. “He really had hopes of playing in the Big Ten or the SEC. Now that he’s close to reaching that goal, it’s exciting. It’s been stressful, but it’s exciting.”