"The atmosphere was pretty sweet. I liked how they brought guys out of the weight room [to begin the camp]."
Tuttle, 6-foot-3, 327-pound defensive tackle from Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson, dislocated his shoulder last preseason. Despite the pain and constant need to put it into place, he played with the injury through the 2013 season.
Tuttle says he's five weeks away from being cleared to fully participate in football related activities.
"If I could have [participated], I probably would have," Tuttle said.
Tuttle attended the Freak Show with fellow elite defensive lineman Jalen Dalton. The two stayed that night – once again – in Chapel Hill.
Despite their friendship, Tuttle says that Dalton won't affect what schools he makes a verbal commitment to.
"We talk about schools together and I've thought about playing with him, but I'm not going to base my decision off of him," Tuttle said.
Though he didn't participate in the camp, Tuttle was able to once again observe Keith Gilmore as a defensive line coach.
"He's a pretty good coach," Tuttle said. "He got the guys after it."
Before leaving Chapel Hill, Tuttle sat down with Chris Kapilovic, his primary recruiter.
"He just thanked me for coming and hoped I had good time," Tuttle said.
Shortly after the event, Tuttle announced a top five schools list with UNC making the cut.
"I like that it's close to home," Tuttle said of the Tar Heel program. "It usually puts out good D-linemen, so that's a plus."
Clemson, Miami, N.C. State, and Tennessee round out the remainder of the list.
"I have a good relationship with the coaches [at those schools] and the campus stood out," Tuttle said.
With UNC in particular, Tuttle has a strong relationship with Kapilovic, who recruits Lexington for UNC.
"He's cool," Tuttle said. "We talk every day. He's a pretty cool coach. I have one of the best relationships with him."
Tuttle is considering trimming his list of schools under consideration further. But he's unsure when that cut will occur. He's also unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment – though, he'll need to decide by December since he plans to be a mid-term enrollee. Tuttle says "feel" will dictate when he makes moves with his recruitment.