Getting it over with in August would allow Tuttle, a 6-foot-3, 327-pounder from North Davidson High, to close the recruiting chapter.
“I’m ready to move on with my life,” he said.
In late June, Tuttle named Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, and Tennessee his five finalists. Mark Holcomb, North Davidson’s head coach, says that list has been trimmed further.
“I’d really say it’s four schools,” Holcomb said. “I don’t think Miami is really in the picture any more.”
Tuttle admits that he has begun to lean towards one of his finalists.
“I’m just comfortable with the coaches and the school,” Tuttle said.
Although everyone seems to have an opinion, Tuttle says that he hasn’t shared the identity of the school he’s leaning towards with anyone.
“He’s a hard kid to read,” said Holcomb, who Tuttle has relied on a lot throughout the recruiting process. “He doesn’t say a whole lot. He talks a little bit about it, but I think right now he’s ready to focus on football and get [his commitment] behind him…
“I think the biggest decision he has to make now is in-state or out-of-state.”
Pitching the former is Chris Kapilovic, who is spearheading UNC’s recruitment of Tuttle.
“He says to stay in state, because Carolina is building something and he wants me to be a part of it,” Tuttle said.
According to Tuttle, he and Kapilovic speak daily.
“Coach Kap does a great job recruiting him – their whole staff has,” Holcomb said. “They have a great program. I think they’re heading in the right direction. If he makes the decision to go to Carolina, I don’t think that’s a bad decision at all.
“I don’t think any of the four left would be a bad decision. I think they’re all good programs [and] good schools with good educations. He just has to look at it and see which one fits him a little bit more.”
It’s been a while since Tuttle has made any recruiting trips. He said he may make one or two final visits before committing, but doesn’t have any trips scheduled.