THERE’S SOME IRONY IN THE NAME
of where Tuttle’s high school is located,
because opposing teams will not and
have not been made “welcome” by the
mammoth defensive tackle. One might
say offenses “shy” away from him –
sorry, we’ll stop.
More important than his cool name,
at 6-foot- 2, 308 pounds, Tuttle is be-
ing called the best defensive tackle in
“You could argue that even as a
freshman, he was the best defensive
tackle in the state,” Pughe said.
Defensive tackles can sometimes
have it rough in high school football.
They get double-teamed, have to deal
with teams’ up-tempo offenses and
most plays are designed to get play-
makers out wide.
But it doesn’t seem to affect Tuttle,
who plays for coach Mark Holcomb.
Pughe watched him while Tuttle
had an injury and still came away
“He really battled through the pain
this season and still was highly effective,” Pughe said. “He’s a nice kid but
when the lights come on, he turns that
switch on. His motor and awareness
are what separates him from the rest”.
In three varsity seasons, Tuttle has
more than 230 tackles, 50 tackles for
loss and 30 sacks.
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he’s equipped to play on the end or in the tackle spot.
But Pughe sees him as the perfect strong-side defensive end.
“His skill set is more of a defensive end than a tackle,” Pughe said. “He’s a tre-
mendous pass rusher and his athleticism is off of the charts.”
An all-around player, Roseboro helped Lincolnton to the 2AA title game in 2011
where the Wolves finished runner-up, and he’s almost made more of a name for
himself by how he plays instead of how well he plays.
“It’s an interesting dynamic when it comes to combines and camps, some guys
“He obviously has the skill set but he’s also a great kid,” Pughe added. “He has
get highly ranked and never attend them and there are others that go to every one
of them. He’s one of those players that attends all of them and is always looking
to compete.” Pughe said. “You know that when we gets on a college campus, he’s
going to compete from day one and not shy away it.”
Pughe calls Roseboro, who plays for coach Scott Cloninger, a coach’s dream.
Roseboro posted 125 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last year, which
almost replicated his sophomore season (110 tackles, 32 TFL, 9 sacks).
everything that you want in a player and he’s also a model citizen off of the field.”
DALTON’S GAME IS ALL ABOUT SPEED AND LENGTH. HE’S 6-FOO T-
6, 220 pounds and likes to get to the quarterback. Coaches tell him he
can easily put more weight onto his frame when he gets to the next
level, which is a scary thought.
“He’s a kid that will likely play defensive end in the 240-250 pounds
range once he goes through a college strength and conditioning pro-
gram,” Pughe said.
It really just depends on how much weight he puts onto his tall frame.
For now, that frame allows him to excel at making quarterbacks ner-
vous. Even those who get a pass off in time before Dalton reaches them
might throw it right into his incredibly long arms.
He’s made a major impact for coach Adrian Snow’s Titans, who went
12-2 a season ago.
“A lot of people want to compare him to former West Forsyth alum
Alex McCalister because they were both tall and skinny,” Pughe said.
“The comparison doesn’t fit as Dalton is a more advanced pass rusher
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