Tuesday, December 13, 2011


COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer's hiring at Ohio State as head football coach is already reaping huge rewards on the recruiting front for the Buckeyes.

On Monday, Tommy Schutt — a star defensive tackle out of Chicago's Glenbard West High School — pulled his commitment from Penn State and declared that he would be playing his collegiate football for the Buckeyes instead.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Schutt is considered one of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2012, listed as a five-star recruit according to Scout.com.

The big man from Illinois wasn't the only player from the class who had a change of heart Monday.

Se'Von Pittman, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Canton (OH) McKinley High School, announced that he too would be de-committing — from Michigan State — to play in Columbus.

Pittman is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com. He had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.

MORE HIRES ... Meyer added to his staff on Monday, hiring two to his administrative office: Brian Voltolini as director of football operations and Mark Pantoni as director of player personnel.

Voltolini has worked with Meyer for nine years at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Pantoni spent five years with Meyer in Gainesville.

"I am really pleased that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni wanted to be a part of the football program at The Ohio State University," Meyer said. "I have spent considerable time working with each and I certainly appreciate the passion and the effort that both bring to their positions every day."