Meet Sam Shutt

With a Lott of help from a shutdown corner, Savannah's Sam Shutt is becoming an eye-opening wide receiver with a prime-time game.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior is coming off a solid 2006 campaign for Hardin County High School in which he caught 29 passes for 610 yards and nine touchdowns. He also played cornerback on defense for the Tigers, recording 29 tackles and three interceptions including two which he returned for scores. What's more impressive is the 198 return yards he amassed on those returns— covering 94 and 104 yards.

Shutt further secured his status as a D-I prospect with a good performance in a 32-24 loss to Memphis Melrose in the state playoffs. Now he's in the process of upgrading his game in order to improve his stock on the spring and summer camp circuit. And he does so with a couple of D-I offers already in his pocket.

"Recruiting is going pretty good right now," Shutt reports. "I've got two offers already from Troy and Arkansas State. I've been talking to the Ole Miss coach here lately. Everything has been going good. I'm just hoping it will all come through."

Sam Shutt is doing more than hoping. He's putting his time and efforts where his heart is. A starter on the Tigers basketball team as a freshman and sophomore, he decided to forego the hardwood this season in order to focus on football. He's also enlisted a former Tennessee DB to help him realize his goal.

"One of my good friends is Andre Lott," he explained. "He married one of my good neighbors and we've become friends. She was like a sister to me when I was growing up and when he asked her to marry him, he asked me to be in the wedding.

"That was two years and ago and that's when we got to be good friends. He finally moved here and we've been about to work out in the offseason. He's helped me tons on my forty (time). In one-on-one drills he's really helped me out a lot."

Shutt reports a forty time of 4.43 with a personal best of 4.37. Moreover Lott has worked with him on getting off press coverage and creating separation.

"Andre has actually trained me," he said. "We've been working out in one-on-one drills. He's living in Savannah. He was with the Chargers last year and he went to the Bears for a while. He was with the Redskins for three years. He's unbelievable. He's taught me a lot."

Now Shutt is aiming to show a lot at a variety of camps and combines.

"I got an invite the Nike training camp the other day," he said. "The MSL Combine is one he may try to attend. "Just going to a bunch of camps and get my name out there. I have very high interest in Tennessee. I've always been a fan of Tennessee since I was a little kid. I'm going to make a camp there."

With a Lott of help from a former Vol, Shutt just might make a big impression.

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