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Two for Carolina’s Best

LEXINGTON, N.C. - The top overall prospect in the Carolinas, elite defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, has two programs that stick out.

Shy Tuttle could move up to 5-star status soon.

“I like North Carolina and Alabama,” Tuttle told 247Sports Friday evening before his season opener at his high school. “I also Clemson and Tennessee, but I like those two a lot.”

What stands out about the Tar Heels and Crimson Tide for the Lexington (NC) North Davidson standout?

Alabama - “I met new people there. It was pretty sweet there. They have all new stuff there. Its nice. I went there for two sessions, a four-day camp. They win championships every year. (Defensive line) coach (Chris) Rumph is a nice guy. I talk to him once or twice a month.”

North Carolina - “Its close to home. We stay in touch a lot. Their football team is on the rise. I had fun at their ‘Freak Show.’”

Who is after the nation’s No. 7 defensive tackle, according to 247Sports, the hardest?

“North Carolina calls the most,” Tuttle said. “Tennessee is on me hard, too. (Tight ends) Coach (Mark) Elder.”

Which recruiters are his favorite to talk to?

“Coach Rumph is funny and good to be around,” Tuttle said. “I also like (offensive line) coach (Chris) Kapilovic a lot, too.”

This past summer, the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina in the 2015 class visited six programs.

“North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Tennessee,” Tuttle said.

Thursday evening, the 6-foot-3, 312-pounder plans to attend the North Carolina at South Carolina game and hopes to be at the Georgia at Clemson game on Saturday.

“I’m also hoping to get to Alabama and Tennessee games this year, too,” Tuttle said.

As a sophomore, Tuttle had 97 solo tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and five rushing TDs on six carries.

As a freshman, Tuttle recorded 71 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and returned a one-handed interception 25 yards for a touchdown.

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