For the second year in a row, the Hoosiers will add a transfer to their quarterback room. On Monday IU announced that former Utah signal-caller Jack Tuttle will join the football program starting in the Spring of 2019.
The four-star recruit spent one season at Utah in which he didn’t see the field but brings plenty of promise to Bloomington. If he were a high school commit, Tuttle would be the highest rated quarterback and the second-highest rated player to join the Hoosiers since 247 started rating players.
”Jack Tuttle is a tremendous addition to our program and we are happy to welcome him to IU,” IU head coach Tom Allen said. “He is extremely talented and brings a huge skillset to our quarterback room. We look forward to his arrival on campus next semester and his development as a Hoosier.”
Coming out of Mission Hills HS in San Marcos, CA Tuttle was 247’s eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation and their 167th-ranked prospect in the nation. As a senior, he passed for 3,540 yards and 42 touchdowns. He chose Utah over offers from Alabama, Wisconsin, USC, and Indiana.
Despite being from California, Tuttle has Indiana ties. His father, Jay, was a walk-on kicker with the Hoosiers from 1986 to 1989, his mother is an Indiana State alumna, and he was born in Indianapolis.
After a very brief film session it seems as if Tuttle has the ability to “make all the throws.” He’s got a strong arm that allows him to get the ball downfield, which is something that Allen has stated he would like to do more of, and appears to have the accuracy to still hit the short throws that offensive coordinator Mike DeBord is a fan of. Despite being listed as a pro-style quarterback by recruiting sites, he also seems to have the ability to use his legs when necessary which makes sense given the preferences of this coaching staff.
It’s unclear as to whether or not Tuttle will be immediately eligible at IU, but he didn’t play for Utah and should be eligible for a redshirt which could allow him to play right away for the Hoosiers.