BEAVERTON, Ore. — Alabama is still searching for its quarterback in the 2018 class, and near the top of the team’s wish list is Utah commit Jack Tuttle.
Tuttle, a 4-star prospect from Mission Hills High School (San Marcos, Calif.), doesn’t seem like an option for the Crimson Tide at this point. He’s locked in with his commitment to the Utes.
What would make the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback to change his mind?
“It would take the coaching staff leaving and going elsewhere,” Tuttle told SEC Country at Nike’s The Opening Finals. “That would most likely make me step back and rethink my thought process; however, I know they’re a really sturdy coaching staff and not leaving.”
Despite his commitment to Utah, Tuttle said he communicates with Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi almost every single day. Now, why would a commit who is 100 percent locked in with his school of choice talk to coaches at other schools? Well, Tuttle said he doesn’t want to burn bridges with any coaches because you never know where they might end up.
When he is talking to the Tide, Tuttle said their message to him is simple: win championships and then move on to the NFL.
“They’re obviously a top tier program,” Tuttle said. “They are competing for national championships almost every single year. They want to develop me into an NFL quarterback. That’s what they’re pushing right now.”
Tuttle has been committed to Utah since December 2016. Even with bigger schools like Alabama and Southern California pressing for him to flip, Tuttle is firm with the Utes. He is smitten with everything about that program.
“It was love at first sight when I stepped off the plane in Utah,” Tuttle said. “We were just driving into town and I said, ‘Wow, dad. I could really see myself living here for five years. The family element there is so amazing. The players and coaches were just so great to me. It was something I wanted to be a part of.”
Commits from other schools regularly take visits elsewhere just to make sure that the school they’re committed to is the one for them. Tuttle doesn’t seem like that type of recruit.
“Commitment is a strong word to me,” Tutle said. “When you’re committed, you don’t take visits elsewhere. It would take a drastic change at Utah for me to visit anywhere else.”
Alabama is also considering 5-star prospects Matt Corral, Justin Fields and Tanner McKee as its quarterback in this year’s recruiting cycle.