Tuttle Overwhelmed by Attention

Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson High School has been a popular destination for college recruiters this spring. Most are dropping by to make evaluation visits to check out Shy Tuttle, a '15 defensive tackle. If they haven't previously done so, some have come bearing a scholarship offer.

"I'm now up to 13 offers," Tuttle said. "It's a blessing and I'm just accepting it. It has been overwhelming, but it's a good thing to be overwhelmed by."

Chris Kapilovic, who recruits Davidson County for North Carolina, was among the visitors last week. Since UNC has already offered Tuttle – and was actually the first to do so following the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder's performance at its camp last summer – Kapilovic's stay was merely a formality.

Tuttle says that he has established a routine of calling Kapilovic every other week.

"We're just trying to get comfortable with each other," Tuttle said. "Every time we talk, I get more and more comfortable with him."

Last month, Tuttle was the one doing the traveling. Among his trips was UNC's Spring Game.

"It was pretty sweet," Tuttle said. "It was good to see all the recruits they're bringing in.

"In the game, some of those guys are freshman that left high school early. To see how fast they learned the system is pretty cool."

Tuttle was also impressed by UNC's new uniforms, which were unveiled during the game.

"It was pretty sweet – especially those black ones," Tuttle said. "I don't know if I'll be able to make it to the ‘Black Out' game, because it's a school night. But if I can, I will."

Between last summer's camp and the spring game, Tuttle has also attended a junior day and two football games (Idaho and Virginia Tech) at UNC.

"It's a pretty nice campus," Tuttle said. "Every time I go there, the coaching staff is fired up to have me there. I like it a lot."

In recent months, Tuttle has also made visits to NC State and Wake Forest.

Over the summer, Tuttle is considering attending a couple camps, but is unsure of his destinations.

Given his overwhelmed feelings, Tuttle doesn't possess any favorite schools and is unsure when exactly he'll be prepared to reveal such a list.

"I like them all," Tuttle said. "I was going to wait until my senior year to narrow it down, but I might have to do it sooner. I do want to take my time, though. I want to keep all my options open right now."

Proximity to his Lexington home will play a role in Tuttle's collegiate decision.

"I want to go to a place where my mom can make it to a game and make it home," Tuttle said. "I want to go to a place that I'm comfortable at and is best for me."

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