The Journal Gazette
Monday, December 17, 2018 6:10 pm

Indiana adds elite 2018 QB to roster

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

For the second straight offseason, Indiana has added a transfer quarterback from the Pac-12 to its roster. Former Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins was a graduate transfer and never played for the Hoosiers, but Utah Utes transfer QB Jack Tuttle will have four years of eligibility remaining when he first suits up for Indiana. It's unclear whether he'll be immediately eligible, but even if the Hoosiers have to wait to see him on the field until 2020, Tuttle figures to be worth it.

The transfer signal-caller was born in Indianapolis, but went to Mission Hills High School in California and emerged as one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2018 class. He was the No. 167 player overall in the class and the No. 8 quarterback, per 24/7's composite rankings, which would make him the highest-rated Indiana quarterback in the rankings era. He was so well-thought of that he participated in the Elite 11 camp for the best quarterbacks in the country.

Tuttle lost a quarterback battle before his true freshman season and didn't play at all for the Utes, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a coup for Tom Allen. Players of this caliber, especially quarterbacks, don't typically choose Indiana, but Allen's staff has brought two to Bloomington within the last three months. In addition to Tuttle, four-star running back Sampson James out of Avon committed to the Hoosiers in October and will be enrolling at IU in January. If Tuttle and James find success in Bloomington, word could begin to get out to other top recruits that Allen and his staff are building something with staying power.

Watching Tuttle on film, it's easy to see why he was so highly-rated out of high school. His arm is strong (thought not overwhelmingly so), but his accuracy is what really stands out. His high school team was talented, so he had plenty of open receivers to throw to, but he was also able to fit the ball into tight windows and put it where only his receivers have a chance to make a play. His footwork was also very good for high-schooler and he climbs the pocket well. He played behind a solid offensive line, so pressure was often light, but when it did come he did a good job of adjusting and re-setting his feet before throwing. 

With Tuttle announcing his decision just before early signing day on Wednesday, the Hoosiers could see a slight immediate bump in recruiting. More likely, this decision will affect classes down the road. Get ready for another quarterback competition, either this year or in 2020.


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