Getting a taste of the program in July, Tuttle made another stop at Wisconsin in mid-November for a home game against Illinois. He gave the obvious answer about the main difference between the two visits (more people and more energy), but the excitement level he got from the experience didn’t change or his belief that he can fit in well with Wisconsin’s offense.
“The offense they run at Wisconsin is similar to the one we run at my high school,” Tuttle told BadgerNation. “However we do a lot more variety. We’ll run the spread more, do some read-option stuff, although they do some of that with Bart (Houston). What I saw in that game was a family. It was a family between the players and the coaches and doing whatever it takes to win. That’s how my team works and our coaching staff works. That’s the kind of place that I like.”
Since offering him in May, Tuttle’s relationship with the Wisconsin’s coaching staff – primarily head coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and quarterback coach Jon Budmayr – continues to develop.
“We’ve spoken a bunch of times and we’re getting a chance to learn more about each other from a personal level and football,” Tuttle said. “I think that’s a good thing. We’re developing trust and getting comfortable with each other.”
With a projected 2018 scholarship class in the mid-teens, no quarterbacks graduating and only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, Wisconsin could be in a position to take two quarterbacks for the second straight recruiting class (UW has commitments from three-star Jack Coan and walk-on Danny Vanden Boom and accepting a commitment from three-star quarterback Ben Bryant Wednesday).
Tuttle couldn’t say for sure if the Badgers were in the market for two signal callers. He also danced around the answer if the Badgers are his favorite, saying he’s still evaluating the roughly dozen offers he holds.
“I know I stand well with them. Wisconsin is a good place,” Tuttle said. “I’m going to take my time and make the right decision so I’m not back and forth on it.”
Leading a young team to the San Diego Section Open Division semifinals, Tuttle said his leadership qualities have taken a big leap over the last year.
“Being in that situation has really helped me as a player,” Tuttle said. “My decision making had to be on point, my mistakes had to be reduced to a minimal level and my coaches and my dad always talk about playing the perfect game. I’m in the process of working and figuring how to play that perfect game, so no matter what team we play, if I play the perfect game and we execute on all levels, we’ll be able to win the game. I’m getting to know and I think I’m working toward that. I’m getting better and that’s my goal for next year.”
Tuttle said he plans to make his decision somewhere between Christmas and the end of spring.