Tuttle Spends All Day at UNC

Shy Tuttle, one of the state's top 2015 prospects, made a full day out of Saturday's visit to Chapel Hill for the North Carolina-East Carolina game.

"It was pretty sweet," Tuttle said. "I got to hang out a lot after the game. I got to see what the campus was like and hang out with some friends."

Accompanying Tuttle, a 6-foot-2, 314-pound defensive tackle, was Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson teammates Brandon McCray and Khylil Miller. Following the football game, the trio hung out at the dorm of Spencer Landfried, who graduated from North Davidson last year and is a walk-on kicker at UNC. The group then walked around campus before Tuttle and his current teammates headed back to Lexington.

"I like the school and I think over the next couple of years it's going to become a good football team," Tuttle said.

Despite Tuttle's belief, UNC showed it still has a lot of work to do on the football field. The Tar Heels fell to East Carolina by a score of 55-31.

"They need help on defense," Tuttle said. "I guess that's why they're recruiting the best defensive players."

Tuttle says that he sees a lot of opportunity at UNC and the loss won't harm its chances with him. In fact, Tuttle says he doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I'm excited for a lot of schools," Tuttle said. "I don't really know right now [who is sticking out]."

Prior to Saturday's game, Tuttle had separate conversations with Larry Fedora and Chris Kapilovic, his primary recruiter.

"They just thanked me for coming and were glad I was there," Tuttle said.

Tuttle is considering returning to UNC for "Zero Dark Thursday," the Tar Heels' Thursday night bout with ACC rival Miami. As for the rest of his visit schedule, Tuttle plans it out a few days in advance but hopes to visit both Georgia and Tennessee for games by the end of the season.

Outside of Saturday's game, Tuttle attended the Clemson-Georgia game during college football's opening weekend.

Since the preseason, Tuttle has been dealing with a shoulder injury, which eventually forced him to leave a game earlier this month. He sat out the following contest, but played sparingly the next week and was a full participant last Friday against Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor. He says the injury is something he'll have to deal with until postseason surgery.

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