Tom Shea discovered a lineman from his old stomping grounds.
Shea, a 1968 of graduate of Sparta High School and head football coach at Upper Iowa University, tapped his native Monroe County to add Tomah High School’s Trevor Shutter to his 2018 recruiting class.
Shutter, son of Pat and Lisa Shutter, will join the NCAA Division II program this fall. He looks forward to playing for a coach who appreciates Wisconsin talent.
“(Shea) knows the area really well and knows there are good football players in this part of the state,” Shutter said.
Shutter was a three-year starter for Tomah and played defensive line and offensive guard last season.
Shutter was first-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference as a defensive lineman, and he believes that’s where his future lies at Upper Iowa. He was told by the coaching staff they like his instincts on defense and his ability “to find the football.”
He’ll be joining a team that has enjoyed its most consistent success in school history. The Peacocks finished 6-5 last season and have posted four winning seasons in the last five. Until 2015, the school hadn’t posted three straight winning seasons in over 50 years.
Shea said Wisconsin recruits have been critical to the program’s turnaround.
“We’ve had a number of Wisconsin kids who have helped turn this program,” he said. “We recruit Wisconsin hard.”
The first thing Shea mentioned about Shutter is his performance in the classroom.
“He’s a very good student,” Shea said. “You’ve got a young man who isn’t afraid to work, learn and improve himself. He’s aggressive and gets after it.”
Shea didn’t rule out the possibility of Shutter playing offensive line if required by the depth chart. Upper Iowa must replace four seniors from the offensive line heading into 2018.
Upper Iowa competes in the Southern Division of the Northern Sun Conference. The campus is located in Fayette, Iowa, less than three hours from Tomah. Shutter likes the campus and its location.
“They have 900 students on campus, and half of them are athletes,” Shutter said.
Shutter is a three-sport athlete at Tomah High School and also has varsity letters in basketball and golf.
At Upper Iowa, he’ll major in exercise and sport science with a goal to become physical education teacher. He said his career choice was influenced by Brad Plueger, who coached Shutter in both football and basketball and teaches ESS in the Tomah district.
“(Plueger) had a lot of influence on me because I always looked up to him as a good person,” Shutter said.