California rising junior quarterback Jack Tuttle's impressive offer list includes several schools outside of the Golden State, so he’s making some trips this week to check out some of those schools.
“I’m really trying to get out this summer and see the schools that have offered me,” Tuttle told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I went to Missouri (Sunday), I’m going to Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday and I’m going to LSU later on this week.”
Tuttle, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., is rated as the 15th-best quarterback and the 166th-best overall prospect in the Class of 2018.
He flew into Chicago and then drove to St. Louis on Saturday, where he did a little sightseeing and watched the St. Louis Cardinals’ win against the Miami Marlins. He arrived in Columbia on Sunday morning.
“The visit went real well,” Tuttle said. “We got to talk a lot. I got to kind of tour all around campus, I got to meet some players, I got to talk to Coach (Barry) Odom. Stuff like that.”
“We had some great conversations about what they saw, what they expected from their quarterback position at Missouri,” Tuttle added. “I got to meet a quarterback there and kind of see the expectations and what Coach (Josh) Heupel has to offer and he has to offer a lot, he’s a great coach.”
Why was it important for Tuttle to visit Mizzou?
“I think it was important to visit Missouri because I really didn’t know about the campus. I’d never seen it before. I never met Coach Heupel in person. I thought that was really important to go up there and see the campus and meet the coaches and just see it in person, meet them in person. They are great people and it’s a great place.”
Tuttle’s visits this week should help him get a better idea about each of them, which will ultimately help decide which he will continue to consider as his recruitment goes along.
“Right now this summer I’m really just trying to get out and see the schools that have offered me and showed a lot of interest,” Tuttle said. “I am doing my homework and trying to seeing what they have to offer and if I can see myself in that school for four years. Stuff like that. Really everything’s equal right now. I’m just really trying to get out and evaluate everything and once I can finish up that I might have a better idea.”
There’s also the question of whether a kid from California is interested in leaving the West Coast to go to college.
Tuttle said school location isn’t an issue for him.
“My sister goes to University of Tennessee and she’s on the dance team there. She’s majoring in business,” he said. “My parents are really supportive of us for wherever we want to go and they’re willing to fly out and support what we’re passionate about. So if I come out to the SEC I know my sister is close, I know my parents are going to be out there on and off. So location? I’ll go anywhere. That’s why I’m coming out to Missouri and coming out to LSU, Madison (Wisc.). So I’m exploring.”
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