Five-star DT Shy Tuttle picks Tennessee over UNC and N.C. State

Five-star DT Shy Tuttle picks Tennessee over UNC and N.C. State

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Five-star DT Shy Tuttle picks Tennessee over UNC and N.C. State

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North Davidson defensive tackle Shy Tuttle picked Tennessee over UNC and N.C. State. / WFMY

North Davidson defensive tackle Shy Tuttle picked Tennessee over UNC and N.C. State. / WFMY

North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora and North Carolina State head football coach Dave Doeren earned major cool points when they showed up at separate North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) football games in helicopters trying to woo five-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle earlier this month; but, in the end, Tuttle chose to soar with Tennessee.

Tuttle, a senior who is ranked No. 4 among defensive tackles in the 247 Sports rankings, gives the Vols their second five-star defensive tackle recruit in the 2015 class; Clayton Valley’s (Concord, Calif.) Kahlil McKenzie, the country’s top ranked defensive tackle, is the other.

“He’s gonna be a great combo guy with Kahlil,” Rivals national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. “They’ll form one of the better tandems at defensive tackle that we’ve seen over the last decade, as far as commitments.”

Farrell said Tuttle leaving the state could make elite in-state recruits think twice about staying home.

“That could send a message to other players and get them thinking like, ‘Hey this is one of the top kids in our state and he decided to go away; maybe I should take another look at Tennessee,” Farrell said. “It’s a big pickup because defensive tackle is such a hard position to find impact guys.”

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