On this past Monday night, the nation’s top sophomore cornerback announced his plans to transfer to IMG Academy for the 2016 season. As one of the top prep school in the country, IMG has a reputation for landing elite talent and the addition of Tutt certainly reinforces that axiom.
“I’m going to have a good season with IMG,” Tutt told Today’s U. “Meet new people, play with new teammates and learning new faces. Not only will you be challenged in the games, but you’ll be challenegd during practice as well. I think it will be a good opportunity for me to go learn, get my body right and prepare for the next level.”
Blessed to have this opportunity! 🙌🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/lHCpfrL6O3
— King Tutt (@cblacks500) December 7, 2015
At his current school, Thomson (Georgia), Tutt had a highly prolific sophomore season. Tutt racked up over 90 tackles, one interception and several forced fumbles in addition to his impact in the kick return game.
“This season went pretty good.” Tutt said. “Me and my team had some ups and downs, but we got through it. For me, I think the season went really good. I didn’t get as many interceptions as I wanted, but the teams we played run the ball more. I got more involved in the run game. I did pretty good in the kick return game too. I had three touchdowns, almost took three more back to the house. I thiknk my season went pretty good.”
Standing 5’11” and 171-pounds, Tutt is listed as the No. 1 cornerback in the 2018 class by 247Sports.com. Tutt has a diverse skill set that allows the versatile athlete to serve in many roles.
“I think I’m more of a finesse kind of guy,” Tutt said. “I have speed power and aggression. I can really judge the ball in the air, I’m explosive, and I’m quick.”
On the recruiting trail, Tutt has heard from several schools thus far. As one of the top defensive backs in his class, Tutt has an offer sheet that is already over 20 Division-I schools long. He is highly interested in the Miami Hurricanes.
“Recruitment is going good,” Tutt said. “I’m hearing from coaches just about every day. Because I am so young, they are trying to build a reationship with me. If I have a good relationship with this defensive back coach and he messes around and goes to another college, I would go look at that schoool because of the relationship me and the defensive back coach have.”
Tutt says that his recruitment took a hectic turn “a long time ago,” and he identified Georgia, UCLA, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan and Ole Miss as the programs that show the most interest so far.
“Sometimes I can’t even come home and get straight to my homework,” Tutt said. “I have coaches wanting me to call them, but sometimes you have to do what’s more important. Got to do your homework and the other stuff goes out the door for a little bit.”
With many schools in pursuit, including Georgia, the sophomore corner was very surprised to see longtime Georgia head coach fired in the past month. The two have had a long relationship stretching back to his early childhood days.
“It kind of hurt me because I have known coach Richt since I was knee high,” Tutt said. “My uncle went to that school, so me and my brother used to go in his office all the time when we ewere young. Me and coach Richt have a good relationship since I was young. For him to leave, Georgia has been one of my top schools. I’m not going to say it brought them down, but it started making me look different a little bit.”
Since Richt quickly assumed the head coach role at Miami, Tutt sees this as a move that “definitely” helps out the Hurricanes on the recruiting trail.
“It helps them a lot,” Tutt said. “I have a feeling a couple of the ’16 Georgia commits are going to flip and go to Miami or look somewhere else. I don’t know, I’m just guessing right now. I think Richt’s move the is going to hep Miami a lot and I think he’s going to turn hat program around.”
Look for Miami to rise up the sophomore’s leader board in the future.