Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West only graduated one offensive lineman from last year’s team that finished 10-1 in Stanford signee Johnny Caspers.
Moving into the starting lineup to replace Caspers, a 6-foot-5 ½, 270-pound junior named Eric Shute.
“I think he’ll definitely be our next big prospect,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. “I think without a doubt.
“He’s an interior player for us right now. He moves well and is a good athlete. He was one of the top discus throwers in the area as a sophomore so he has good athleticism and good hips.”
Besides Caspers, over the last few years Hetlet has seen former players like Chris Watt sign with Notre Dame, Jordan Walsh ink with Iowa and Tommy Schutt make his way to Ohio State. In the class-of-2013, tight end Nathan Marcus is committed to Vanderbilt and defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar is entertaining several BCS offers. When recruiters come by the school, they don’t forget to ask about Shute.
“As the season continues, he’ll be on everyone’s radar that recruits our kids,” Hetlet said.
Hetlet is equally excited about his junior running back Scott Andrews (5-9, 175), who in the season-opener against No. 3 Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South, rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries in a 28-7 win for the No. 6 Hilltoppers.
“From what we’ve seen in the summer, he’s the best athlete we’ve seen as a running back and receiver. He’s a kid that’s going to be very special for us as well.
“He’s putting good weight on. He’s at running back with unreal hands. He has great hands. He’s a kid that can get up to 190 and still have his 4.5 speed, and he has great game speed. Good vision.”