Here is a peek ahead at one of the nation’s top defensive lineman recruits in the 2015 class, Shy Tuttle.
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The name Shy Tuttle has been synonymous with North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) since his freshman year.
Then a 6-foot-2, 260-pounder, Tuttle tallied 74 tackles and nine sacks for the 8-4 Knights. As a sophomore, a stronger and more experienced Tuttle racked up 97 tackles and 18 sacks for a 14-1 North Davidson team that reached the Class 4A state semifinals. Last fall, Tuttle posted 73 tackles and six sacks while battling a shoulder injury that required postseason surgery.
With 244 career tackles headed into his senior season, it would be easy to say Tuttle dominates because of the sheer size and strength associated with his 6-foot-3, 315-pound frame. But North Davidson head coach Mark Holcomb says that’s only part of the story.
“He is stronger and quicker than the kids he’s lined up against, so he’s able to push kids on this level around,” Holcomb said. “But he plays really hard, runs to the ball consistently, and his effort is something you can’t coach. He plays hard, works hard in the weight room and just does things the right way.”
Holcomb says Tuttle’s contributions to North Davidson are felt much more than on Friday nights, and that is in large part due to the person that his star player is.
“He’s been a good face for our program,” Holcomb said. “He’s not a guy that gets in trouble, and we couldn’t have picked a better face for our program to get the North Davidson name out there.”
For some highly touted prospects, dealing with the recruiting process while continuing to work hard and be productive on the field can be difficult. Holcomb says it hasn’t been an issue for Tuttle.
“Just the overall maturity as a person has been the key,” Holcomb said. “He’s handled this process better than a lot of kids would have. He’s always done well in class, and he’s doing a very good job representing our school. He is a mature person.”
Several colleges pop up consistently when looking at Tuttle’s recruitment.
Clemson has received the most attention because Tuttle is the nephew of former Tigers standout and first round NFL draft selection Perry Tuttle.
A second program that receives a lot of attention is home state North Carolina, and Tuttle openly admits that his mom is a fan of North Carolina.
If there is a program that is positioning itself to pull the upset over Clemson and North Carolina, it’s Tennessee.
That trio of programs joins N.C. State, Florida and Florida State on Tuttle’s list of his top six schools.
While the offers are numerous and the choices tough, the Under Armour All-American selection is not in a rush to make a decision. Instead, he hopes to learn as much as he can about each university and its coaching staff.
“I’m just trying to visit everywhere I can,” Tuttle said. “I want to narrow it down over the summer. I’ve got to have a good feel for the coaches. I ask the players how the coaches are on and off the field, and how they were when they recruited them versus now that they are there. That is big for me.”
At the end of the day, the programs close enough for Tuttle’s mom to drive and see her son play are expected to be a deciding factor in his decision.