Flood played and coached offensive line before he took over the head job at Rutgers before the 2012 season, and Shutack is eager to learn.
“It’s going to be fun to have him as my coach,” said Shutack, who graduated Sunday from La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy. “We may not get mentioned in the paper, but I feel like coach Flood gives his offensive line a lot of props. It’s going to be nice to be recognized on the team as the most valuable core group. I’m excited to play in that offense. I’m excited to learn everything that he can teach me.”
Shutack picked Rutgers in the final week before National Signing Day. His focus since commitment is preparation for Big Ten football.
“When you combine the Big Ten with the great kind of education I’m getting, it’s completely exciting,” Shutack said. “I’m getting antsy and more antsy every day as I get close to when I have to be there. I’m moving in on June 21st. It’s going to be sad leaving all of my friends, but I’d rather be the first to leave than the last to leave.”
Shutack checks in at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds heading into his Rutgers enrollment. The projected left tackle is eager for the start of summer workouts.
“[Associate head coach Norries Wilson] says just come in at a weight, and they’ll handle the rest,” Shutack said. “The weight aspect of it is more about how fast you can move from A to B and how explosive you are. That’s what I’m focused on more than just the weight.
“I’m working hard with conditioning and my full Olympic lifting,” he said. “I’m putting on as much weight as possible. I’m taking my last month at home very seriously. I want to be in shape and ready to go when I get to their summer camp.”