ORLANDO, Fla. — While there were plenty of talented rising seniors on hand at the Orlando Nike Opening Regional camp over the weekend, one talented underclassman that observers were interested in seeing was corner Christian Tutt.
The 5’11”, 171-pounder was one of many touted prospects to transfer to Florida powerhouse IMG Academy in the offseason.
That move is one Tutt—who is rated as the nation’s top corner and the No. 12 player overall in the 2018 class by 247Sports—said prepared him well for the competition he faced in a camp setting against some of the nation’s elite prospects.
“I’ve been going against top guys every day in practice and getting better in the weight room so it’s been going good,” Tutt told Bleacher Report. “You learn a lot because iron sharpens iron. So when I come to these camps, I’ve already seen players like this because I see it every day in practice. We go at it every day full speed and just try to get better every day. That kind of helps me out a lot.”
A native of metro Atlanta, Tutt's still in the beginning stages of his recruitment, but he’s approaching 30 offers while already attracting interest from powerhouse programs around the country.
In fact, the coming months will be filled with a busy travel schedule if he has his way.
“I’m trying to get up to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. I’m trying to get back to the West Coast as well and to all of the Florida schools too. I also have to get back to Georgia,” Tutt noted when asked of schools he wants to see soon.
The last program to host him on campus was Sunshine State powerhouse Florida—which was able to get him on campus right before he was moving into his new digs at IMG Academy.
“Florida was my last trip. That visit went good,” Tutt said. “I talked to the coaches, and they showed me around a little bit. That was actually the day I came down to IMG. That visit was pretty good.”
While he doesn’t have any schools standing out as leaders, Tutt mentioned Florida along with Alabama, UCLA and USC as the ones currently recruiting him the hardest.
Another team that has been heavily involved with Tutt is the Georgia Bulldogs.
New Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is making the transplanted Peach State resident a priority since taking over in Athens.
“Me and [Coach Smart] had a great relationship when he was at Alabama so that has carried over to Georgia,” Tutt explained. “He likes us Georgia boys as players, and that’s what he wants over there in Athens. I just want to see how they do this year.”
However, don’t expect the fact that he’s from Georgia to be a factor in his decision.
As he explained, he’s already left the state once with his move to IMG.
“A lot of people ask me that, but I don’t have a problem with that,” Tutt said. “If I want to go to the West Coast and play, I will go. I don’t have a problem leaving Atlanta.”
Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.