Tuttle Focused On Five

Shy Tuttle

North Davidson (NC) defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is considered by a lot of scouts to be the top in-state player in the 2015 recruiting class, but he hasn't had a chance to prove it in recent months.

North Davidson (NC) defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is considered by a lot of scouts to be the top in-state player in the 2015 recruiting class, but he hasn't had a chance to prove it in recent months.

While the other top recruits have been able to attend combines and college camps, Tuttle has been sidelined with a shoulder injury. Last Friday he was at the Shrine Bowl's invite-only combine in shorts and shoulder pads, mainly watching the action.

"It was hard to not be able to play," said Tuttle. "I just want to take everything slow. I want to be ready for my season. I think my strength will take a little while to get back, but I at least want to get into shape."

Tuttle's inactivity hasn't kept him from taking college visits. He's taken numerous unofficials to the schools that he is considering, and he admits it has helped speed up his recruitment.

"That's why I've gone to so many places," he said. "I want to get to know the coaches. I don't know, I just like going on visits."

At 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, Tuttle is a productive defensive tackle who plays with a high-motor.

"Tuttle is what you look for in an interior defensive lineman who can anchor your defensive front," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. "He is a wide body with good quickness off the ball, the ability to redirect, the strength to play the run, and the speed to get up the field and help close the pocket.

"He has so many skills to like as a big defensive lineman and he still has so much room to improve. He can improve pad level consistency and overall use of his hands."

The four-star prospect certainly has options. With numerous offers on the table, Tuttle has cut his list to five programs: NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, and Clemson.

Tuttle told Pack Pride what he likes about all five schools.

Clemson: "Tuttle has a history there. My uncle played there, and I like the atmosphere."

North Carolina: "It's close to home, and they could use me on the d-line."

Tennessee: "I like the atmosphere and the coaches."

NC State: "I love the coaching staff. I can relate to them, and I like the school."

Miami: "They have a strong program."

An early enrollee, Tuttle indicated that he plans on narrowing his list at the start of his senior season. Currently, three programs may have an edge.

"Probably Tennessee, State, and Carolina," he said. "They talk to me a lot. I can relate to them."

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