Tuttle and Dalton Connecting

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Shy Tuttle has made countless college trips throughout his recruitment. However, it wasn't until recently that he was accompanied by Jalen Dalton, his conference rival, on a visit.

The blue chip defensive linemen turned a North Carolina spring practice visit into an overnight stay.

"Yeah, I'd go on another visit with him again," Tuttle said. "It was fun. He's pretty cool. He's a funny guy."

According to Tuttle, the connection that was made during that UNC visit, which occurred three Saturdays ago, has further pushed the idea of him and Dalton attending the same college. Tuttle says that he and Dalton have discussed a package deal "a few times."

"We would make a good [defensive] line," Tuttle said. "It would be fun."

Although Tuttle and Dalton play for Central Piedmont Conference rivals – Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson and Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, respectively – the two have rarely been on the field at the same time. With Tuttle's increased reps at fullback this coming season, they should share the field more often during their regular season finale. Jokingly, Tuttle says when the situation occurs he'll be gunning for Dalton.

"I don't know what will happen, but Jalen probably won't remember it," Tuttle said with Dalton in ear shot.

Like Dalton, Tuttle doesn't claim a leader or any favorite schools.

"I don't really know," Tuttle said. "I haven't really narrowed things down. I'm just trying to go everywhere I can."

Besides UNC, Tuttle has visited Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. This past weekend he attended the Tar Heels' scrimmage at Grimsley High School on Friday followed by a trip to NC State on Saturday.

Similar to Dalton, UNC is a strong player for Tuttle.

"It's a pretty good school," Tuttle said. "It's getting a lot of good players. And it's on the rise."

Tuttle got to see UNC's rise first hand during Friday's scrimmage and the practice a few weeks ago.

"It was pretty good," Tuttle said of the spring practice. "They got after it."

After attending practice, Tuttle and Dalton hung out with fellow D-linemen Dajaun Drennon and Greg Webb. Among other things, the group played video games.

The next day, Tuttle and Dalton meet with Larry Fedora in his office.

"He just said that he's trying to get the in-state players to go to North Carolina," Tuttle said. "He believes if they stay, good things will happen."

Tuttle is buying into Fedora's vision.

"We have some good players in North Carolina," Tuttle said. "So if we stayed home, we could build a good team."

In addition to Dalton, Tuttle spent a lot of time with Chris Kapilovic during his UNC stay. Kapilovic is UNC's lead recruiter for Tuttle.

"He's funny," Tuttle said. "We have a good relationship. I talk to him almost every day."

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