Sure, Shy Tuttle holds down a spot on SB Nation's 2015 All-Name team, but the five-star defensive tackle is much, much more than his moniker.
Hailing from North Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C., the 6'3, 315-pound Tuttle is the top player in the Tar Heel State for 2015, and one of the most sought-after players in the country. As of March 2014, the 247Sports Composite ranks Tuttle as the fourth-best player at his position in 2015, and 15th among all 2015 recruits. Both numbers speak volumes about Tuttle's talents, especially because a whopping seven defensive tackles have earned five-star grades.
The big man is truly in demand. As of March 2014, Tuttle already has 16 reported offers, including ones from Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Texas, Miami, Florida State and Virginia Tech. North Carolina -- the flagship program in his home state -- is also in this group.
Tuttle is on Twitter @KingTut_90.
So why is Tuttle in such high demand?
In short, it's his ability to move such a large human body with the quickness and control that he displays. Tuttle is a very big player at 315 pounds, but he has the skinny ankles that are the hallmark of big men who move with great suddenness.
At the high school level, Tuttle is way too much for blockers to handle. His size demands a double team, but he is able to stack, shed and split quite well, and he also gets rid of blockers with a violent hand chop and side-step maneuver as well, which I did not expect to see.
Tuttle's burst in the open field is very impressive, and he closes distance on ball carriers faster than they expect a man of his size to do. I want to see better punch and more consistent get-off, but he has all the makings of a multi-year starter at the BCS level with an NFL future. He will need to refine his technique, work on playing with better leverage and control his weight, but Tuttle is an excellent player.
Shy is also the nephew of former Clemson great Perry Tuttle.