SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Jack Tuttle’s Utah career is over before it even started.
The 4-star freshman quarterback has decided to transfer from Utah before taking a single snap.
The University of Utah released a statement this afternoon saying:
Utah freshman quarterback Jack Tuttle is no longer participating in team activities for reasons unrelated to academics or discipline.
“We wish Jack the best and have no further information to add at this time,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.
Tuttle was the highest rated quarterback ever to sign with the Utes after a standout high school career at Mission Hills High in California. He graduated in time to participate in spring football at Utah.
But when the depth chart came out after fall training camp, Tuttle was listed as the third string quarterback behind Tyler Huntley and Jason Shelley. Through the first six games of the season, Tuttle had yet to take a snap, while Shelly has appeared in the fourth quarters of two games.
It appeared as though head coach Kyle Whittingham’s plan was for Tuttle to redshirt this season, but as one of the highest recruited quarterbacks in the country, Tuttle was not willing to be patient.
Plus, with Huntley being a junior and playing well for the Utes this season, particularly in Utah’s last two victories over Stanford and Arizona, Tuttle most likely didn’t think he would get a shot at the starting quarterback job until 2020.
However, if Tuttle transfers, he would have to sit out a year and not be eligible to play until the 2020 season anyway. He would also lose a year of eligibility and be enrolled as a sophomore at another school.
According to UteZone.com, Tuttle is considering Ohio State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Texas A&M and Duke.
The Utes are now hoping to land another prized 4-star quarterback recruit, Jayden Daniels, from Cajon High School in Southern California.