It looks like defensive tackle A.J. Zuttah will have a little extra to play for when his Cheshire (Conn.) Academy team faces the Williston Northampton School on Saturday night.
Zuttah said he was told the Boston College coaching staff will be in attendance Saturday, and a scholarship offer from BC may hinge on how well he performs.
“Actually they're real close [to offering],” Zuttah said. “They said they like what they see [on film], but they haven't seen me in person. They said they're coming up to the next game. If I play well I think I'll get an offer.”
Zuttah took an unofficial visit to BC last summer. He has two brothers, Jeff and Jeremy, who were both recruited by BC. Jeff played at Miami and Jeremy went to Rutgers.
“They have a real nice campus,” Zuttah said. “I would definitely consider BC one of my top schools.”
Zuttah's only other FBS offer came from Tulane last spring, shortly after he had committed to a year of prep school at Cheshire Academy. He also has FCS offers from Delaware, Lafayette, Lehigh, Towson and Bucknell.
Zuttah said he decided on a year of prep school because he wanted to play football at the FBS level. He played for The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., last season.
Zuttah has dropped more than 20 pounds from his 6-foot-2 frame since last season, when he played at 305 pounds.
Although Zuttah also plays offensive line, he said BC is recruiting him to play defensive line. NC State, Duke and Temple are the other FCS schools that are showing strong interest.
“Once I send out my highlight tape I think I'll get more offers,” Zuttah said. “Ultimately I'm trying to play at the highest level possible.”