The first day of The Opening at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. is in the books. While today featured only quarterbacks and receivers and had the least competition that we will see at the event, there were still many takeaways from those in attendance on the 12 quarterbacks competing. The main takeaway from day one for Utah fans is San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star quarterback Jack Tuttle impressed in a field with 11 of the other top quarterbacks in the nation, including the No. 1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence. Tuttle’s strong performance in the Elite 11 Final that earned him a spot at The Opening moved him up to No. 34 overall in the latest 247Sports ranking and No. 51 in Scout’s.
“Justin Fields and Jack Tuttle were on a different level than the other quarterbacks in our eyes. Tuttle, a Utah commit that continues to profess that he's solid in his verbal, was quick in his drops, accurate with his throws and delivered with big-time velocity. Every quarterback had his fair share of misses but I don't remember ever seeing Tuttle throw a duck. He just looks like he's more prepared than anyone to compete this week.”
With this only being the first day and event not being televised, there is not a ton of information freely available after day one. We will continue to keep you updated on how Tuttle performs at The Opening, which concludes on July 3. Tuttle is a member of the 7-on-7 team Team Hyper Strong.
The more that I learn about Tuttle, the more I like him as a player and a person. Despite receiving offers from programs like Alabama and USC, he remains solid in his commitment. He is a competitor on and off the field, and he is a smart player. His combination of physical gifts, work ethic, and intelligence could combine for a very special career.