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Dec 22, 2017

The first time in College Football that recruits can sign with their schools in December.  The University of Utah signed 4-star quarterback Jack Tuttle.  Who is the highest ranked recruit that the Utes have ever had.  Jack has been committed to the Utes since his sophomore year.  He will graduate early and be on campus in January.  Tuttle is the 4th highest rated pro-style quarterback and top 100 player in the country.  He was being recruited by Alabama, USC and other big power schools and the Utes had a 6-6 below average year and he chose to stick with the Utes. 

Scott wants to touch on the early signing period.  He likes it because it clears things out for coaches and you get an idea of who you have and the coaches can re-group.  Some people want it before their senior season which is earlier than the December early signing period.  Scott knows how intense it is to be recruited and feeling the pressures from all of the coaches for a long period of time.  The early signing period eliminates that.  It takes a lot of pressure off of the coaches in that aspect but it also creates stress because most of the teams are getting ready for a bowl game as well as their teams are dealing with finals and other aspects of the college experience.  

Now to Jack Tuttle, he is coming to Utah which is a team that already has a quarterback in Tyler Huntley, who started most of the 2017 season.  He even beat senior quarterback and 2016 starter Troy Williams for the starting job in 2017.  A lot of what the big time schools are doing is stacking their teams with talent.  But the landscape has changed.  What teams are doing now is letting the freshmen come in and compete for a starting job right away.  

Back in the day it took a couple of years before you became the starter.  Now it's an open competition. It's all about putting the best out there whether you are a freshman or a senior.  Which is why you see a lot of transfers as well in college sports now.

The big question with Tuttle coming to Utah is that he is a pro-style quarterback.  But Utah runs the spread.  Scott hates the spread.  A lot of schools run the spread but it goes away in the NFL.  He is an exciting prospect for Utah, but could be a great prospect in the wrong system.  Scott hopes that the spread morphs into a more traditional style of offense.  

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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