Relationships Lead Shutack to Rutgers

La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy offensive lineman Jack Shutack has an impressive high-school track record, and plans to bring the same to the Big Ten. The three-star Rutgers commit has not given up a sack since his sophomore year, and does not plan to end that streak any time soon.

Chicago’s Jack Shutack sounds like a Rutgers football player already, making his commitment Monday night to coach Kyle Flood.

The future Big Ten offensive lineman, already likes a lot about his new home – perhaps to the dismay of native Chicagoans.

“I’m a fan of deep dish, but I don’t have any allegiance to Chicago deep dish,” Shutack said. “I’ll go with New York style.”

Shutack’s decision, which had nothing to do with food, came down to the Rutgers coaching staff.

“They’re see-through,” Shutack said. “They will tell you how it is, and they’re great. I connected with the coaches. They were the most important thing. … It’s about who you surround yourself with.”

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Shutack picked Rutgers over Tennessee, which offered him a preferred walk-on spot. The scholarship, however, did not play nearly as much of a factor in his decision as the relationships with Rutgers coaches, he said.

“I’m pretty excited right now,” Shutack said. “I’m going to be a part of something special. The academics and the coaching staff and the players that they have put together in this recruiting class, I feel we can win a Big Ten championship.”

Shutack brings a competitive streak to the Banks, where he hopes to challenge defensive linemen like Kemoko Turay and Djwany Mera in training camp.

“I haven’t given up a sack in the past two years, so I think I bring a lot to the table,” Shutack said. “I’m excited to be a part of what Rutgers is doing.”

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