Eastern Michigan tight end Cody Tuttle has spent the past three years trying to find the right fit for himself. He wanted to find a family atmosphere and that is exactly what he saw in coach Chris Creighton and his staff.
“I had a lot of conversations with the coaching staff,” said Tuttle. “I came out here on my official recruiting visit. I just had a blast. I really liked the coaching staff. I really liked the team. It’s really a family atmosphere and honestly coming out of junior college and coming from a college where it didn’t necessarily have that atmosphere, that’s the number one thing I was looking for.”
The 6’4” Newbury Park, Calif. native originally committed to play football at the University of Nevada in 2012 and redshirted his freshman year and did not see much action in 2013.
Tuttle transferred to Moorpark Junior College where he spent 2014 getting significant playing time. In his second game for Moorpark, he broke the school record with 14 receptions for 195 yards and also scored a touchdown.
Tuttle finished the 2014 season for Moorpark with 52 receptions for 655 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
After the 2014 season, Tuttle was on the move back to Division I football and went on a official visit on Dec. 5, 2014.
“So, I came on my official and met with the coaches and met with the team and saw how they played together and saw how the coaches took care of their players - I fell in love,” Tuttle said.
The day after his visit, Tuttle officially committed to Eastern Michigan University.
Going into the 2015 season, Tuttle has two years of eligibility left and looks to contribute in whatever way he can.
“Honestly, my biggest goal this season is to make an impact in whatever way - just make a positive impact with this team. We have a lot of great players, a great coaching staff and I think we’re going to turn some heads this year, said Tuttle.
“So if I can make a positive impact and swing that in the right direction, I’d consider that a successful season,” said Tuttle.
Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer said on expectations for Tuttle, “He needs to be a key player for us. He’s got a great sense of how to get open and a great sense of how to catch the ball in traffic.”
“There is no reason why he shouldn’t be out there and be an impact player for us,” said DeBoer.
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