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Utah football: Utes get commitment from elite 2018 QB prospect Jack Tuttle

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Much has been made during the 2017 recruiting cycle about the University of Utah being more selective about who it receives commitments from in hopes it can land big prospects closer to February's National Signing Day.

Although many key targets are still on the board for this year, the Utes on Friday received a commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the country for 2018 when California's Jack Tuttle announced his pledge to the program via Twitter.

How elite is Tuttle? Consider that two leading recruiting websites, Scout and Rivals, both have him ranked among the top 15 signal caller prospects in the country for 2018.

Furthermore, the 6-foot-4, 195 pounder from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, holds scholarship offers from 11 Power 5 programs besides Utah, according to Scout.

There is still more than a year before Tuttle will officially choose where he'll play collegiately, but his pledge certainly gives the Utes early momentum for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

Tuttle is the second prospect to commit to Utah for 2018, joining Highland High defensive lineman Hunter Lotulelei, the first cousin of Star and Lowell Lotulelei.

Tuttle did not immediately return a request seeking additional comment.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.