Academics come first for one Texas high school prospect.
Thomas McNutt, a senior offensive lineman/tight end from Parish Episcopal High School in North Dallas, wants to continue his football career at the college level. It's evident though speaking with the talented athlete; he is putting getting a quality education before deciding on just any school.
McNutt has been raised as a Southern Methodist University football fan, a school that would fit the bill for the student athlete to receive a quality education.
"My father Bill McNutt played at SMU, my grandfather played in the SEC, my other grandfather was the Drum Major for the Band at SMU," Thomas said. "It's always been a life long dream of mine to play for SMU; I have been cheering for the Mustangs as long as I can remember."
McNutt laughed when describing how much his family loves SMU.
"I bleed red with a tinge of blue," McNutt laughed. "It would be a dream come true if I get an opportunity to play at SMU."
McNutt, a 6-foot-3 and a half, 240-pound athlete, recently took an unofficial visit to the SMU/Southern Mississippi football game.
"I thought it was great," McNutt spoke of the game. "I got a chance to sit down with June Jones and some other of the coaches. They offered me an official visit to SMU in January."
Speaking of official visits, McNutt has already taken an official to Vanderbilt and Samford University.
"Right now recruiting is going well," McNutt said. "I'm excited about checking out several schools and find the best fit for me both academically and athletically. I won't accept a scholarship just to any school to play football; I have to be able to receive a quality education first and foremost."
McNutt has been impressed with Coach Jones and the staff he has assembled on the Hilltop.
"It would be an honor for me to play for Coach Jones and Dennis McKnight," McNutt said. "Coach McKnight played in the NFL for over 11 years, Coach Jones has a great reputation, and he is a great coach, who I believe will turn this program around."