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Gutekunst Needs A Second Look
There is plenty going on for Humble (TX) Atascocita offensive lineman Nathan Gutekunst. Not only is he involved in track season, but he is also one of the top linemen for the class of 2011. Holding a total of seven offers to date, Gutekunst is working the process and doing plenty of homework seeking that right fit for his college experience. And while he is taking notes, his family is active in his future as well. Scout.com caught up with Rich Gutekunst, Nathan's father, to see what his perspective is on the ins and outs of the football recruiting process. "There are a lot of things we feel while going through this process. For one, it is kind of interesting because this is the first time we have been through this," Rich Gutekunst said of the football recruiting process. "We are excited for Nathan. There are about seven schools that offered him a chance to play the sport he loves." For the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Gutekunst, those seven opportunities include: Baylor, Kentucky, Rice, Texas A&M, Colorado, Houston and Stanford. To date, Nathan and Rich have made trips to Waco and College Station. And while Gutekunst wants to try and fit in visits to the programs within the city limits at Rice and Houston, he is making his way back to College Station first thing in the morning to get a closer look. "I have to be there by 7:30 a.m. I am leaving the house at about 5:30 a.m.," Nathan Gutekunst said. "I have already been there for a junior day, now I want to see practice and see how the coaches and players interact with each other." As stated, Rich attended the visits to Baylor and Texas A&M with his son this off-season. Both places, he said, was nice and got a good feel for them. But it was a little different when the trip College Station happened here recently. "I liked Baylor, I think that the program was solid and the coaches were good. I wish we could have gotten more time with the head coach, but that just happens," Rich Gutekunst said. "Nathan is still interested in Baylor. With (Texas) A&M, we got a lot of time with coach Mike Sherman. We spoke for about and hour and 10 minutes. Initially, he seemed down to earth and a relational man. He was concerned about the background of Nathan and the family and shared his background as well. He also talked about his philosophy on football and education. "All of that was really important to me as these are the elements that I need to be able to understand." So does the second trip seem to have some writing on the wall? Is Nathan Gutekunst looking to commit? According to Rich, he does know that his son wants to have his mind made up by August so that full focus can be on his senior season. For Nathan, he said that a decision could come any day between now and late July. One thing is for sure, there may be a few schools that have already been discussed when narrowing things down. "I am not really sure where all he wants to visit before he commits. I know that for us, the family, Stanford is too far away," Rich Gutekunst said. "Maybe Colorado too. I would need to check with him. I think he may want to check out Baylor again and he is looking to get to the two schools in Houston." "Of course, like I said, this is all new to us. But this is an honor to see schools wanting him to play for them. It's humbling and is a real blessing from God."
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