Newbury Park, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2011
Tuttle, a 6’ 3” 220 lbs. receiver from Westlake High School in Westlake Village (CA) had received multiple Division I offers from across the country. He selected the Wolfpack following a recruiting visit over spring break.
“Academically and athletically it just felt right,” Tuttle said. “I love the college, the coaches and the professional manner in which the program is run. I can’t ask for more in a university. I am really looking forward to my senior year, but I can’t wait to attend UNR.”
With exceptional hands, dominating power and deceptive speed Tuttle had been the subject of an intense national recruiting battle. Five Pac-12 schools had expressed strong interest and his aptitude in the classroom had attracted the attention of numerous Ivy League colleges.
Tuttle had a breakout season in 2010 as the Warriors captured their second consecutive league championship. Considered the team’s best all-around athlete Tuttle’s numbers were noteworthy, 34 receptions for 484 yards and 3 TDs. However, they were not nearly as impressive as his uncanny ability to make clutch plays, often in spectacular fashion, when his team needed them most. Against powerhouse St. Bonaventure he had a career high 9 catches for 136 yards and 1 TD. And, in the playoffs against the same school, he made what many consider to be the “Catch of the Year,” a phenomenal acrobatic grab to preserve the victory.
“I believe he made an excellent choice,” Westlake Head Coach Jim Benkert said. “He is unquestionably ready for the next level and has the potential to be an exceptional student-athlete in college. Nevada-Reno is definitely fortunate to have him.”
While undoubtedly pleased with Tuttle’s verbal commitment, UNR Head Coach Chris Ault was unable to comment because of NCAA rules prohibiting schools from speaking about recruits until after they sign their National Letter of Intent on February 1, 2012.