Georgia Tech camp reaffirms Jackets as leader for Stephon Tuitt (UPDATED)

Stephon Tuitt has a new leader. Same as the old leader.

With respect to classic rock band The Who (”meet the new boss/same as the old boss”), that’s the story with Tuitt. The rangy defensive end from Monroe Area (6-foot-5, 252 pounds) has Georgia Tech back atop his list of schools.

If you weren’t paying close attention you probably never knew the Yellow Jackets were ever out of that spot. Tuitt first mentioned them to me as his leader in an interview I had with him back in late March.

But just last week, while I was on vacation down in the Gulf, Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg sent me a message on behalf of Tuitt indicating that Tuitt had decided on a final seven from his numerous offers and he had ranked them in order. I was more than a little surprised to see that Tuitt had Miami first.

“He grew up there,” Fligg explained. “Always been a big fan.”

The Hurricanes were slow in recognizing Tuitt’s talent. They didn’t offer him until earlier this spring. Nevertheless, they sprung to the top. As Fligg said, Tuitt grew up a Miami fan and always wore their colors to school when he first moved to Monroe in middle school.

But all that quickly washed away as Tuitt returned to The Flats on Saturday to attend the Yellow Jackets’ Junior-Senior Camp. The day spent on campus working out with other elite prospects and interacting with the coaching staff reminded Tuitt of why he had Tech at the top to start with.

“It was wonderful down there, a beautiful day,” Tuitt told me on Sunday. “I like the school and everything really. It has gotten to the point where I had to start thinking about the degree and what it would mean to have it and it’s hard to beat a degree from Tech.”

Tuitt said he still intends to become an orthopedic surgeon. But school officials have shown him a clear path how he can get their through the engineering school’s management program.

All that said, Tuitt explained that he is not anywhere close to making a decision. He has also been to camps at Georgia and Auburn in recent weeks and he doesn’t plan to make a decision until September, after which time he will have taken official visits to Miami and Notre Dame.

Following is his list of seven finalists in order of preference as it stands now with Tuitt’s thoughts on each one:

  1. Georgia Tech: “Great relationship with the coaches, like the education there.”
  2. Miami: “All my family is down there and I’ve always been a big-time fan of the school.”
  3. Notre Dame: “Great education; great name.”
  4. Georgia: “Like Todd Grantham, the new DC; the UGA tradition.”
  5. Clemson: “The first school to offer me; like [recruiting coach Billy] Napier.”
  6. Auburn: “I like coach Ted Roof; nice college town.”
  7. Tennessee: “Impressed with new D-Line coach Chuck Smith; like the game-day atmosphere.”

So that’s how it stands as of this week. We’ll let you know if Tuitt’s list changes and when he decides to cut it down even more.

BREAKING NEWS:

  • Georgia Tech gets commitment No. 8 from North Cobb safety Darren Waller (6-5, 205), coach Shane Queen confirmed. Will post update later.
  • Spartanburg, S.C., WR Charone Peake committed to Clemson this morning, according to TigerIllustrated.com. Peake is considered one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country and was one of the main recruiting targets for the Georgia Bulldogs. Will post update later.

MORE RECRUITING NEWS:

LB Jarvis Jones talks about UGA transfer, plans to redshirt

It’s all in the family for new Tech commitment Jabari Hunt-Days

67 comments Add your comment

theTruth

June 16th, 2010
10:25 am

He would be a better fit at GT than Miami, well anyone would. He is a talented young man.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 16th, 2010
10:25 am

DOWG

June 16th, 2010
10:33 am

make up your minds boi, this habbit of talking of leader is sickening

BigTimeTECHFan

June 16th, 2010
10:35 am

nope,
Him having Tech as leader, is that the same as LeMay saying UGA is his leader.
Sound more like Tuitt is still not solid, got a lot to think about,hope it stays Tech but I’ll give him props what ever he chooses, orthopedic surgeon is cool and great goal for the young man.

Worm

June 16th, 2010
10:36 am

Will be a good catch for Tech.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 16th, 2010
10:37 am

DawginLex where are you? you have not mage it here to cry yet?

Berry29

June 16th, 2010
10:40 am

Peake to Clemson? WOW…UGA fans thought he was next.

memphisdawg

June 16th, 2010
10:41 am

Berry29

June 16th, 2010
10:43 am

Oh, and I love hearing more and more bigtime recruits talking
about Coach Chuck Smith at Tennessee! see-Drew and Wright.

GeoffDawg

June 16th, 2010
10:47 am

He wants to be a surgeon but he’s planning on getting a management degree at tech? Go study biology or chemistry somewhere. In any case, good luck to him whatever he chooses.

Sleeze

June 16th, 2010
10:48 am

Peake was always going to Clemson. No surprise there.

Matthews Dawg

June 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Can’t get them all. Good luck at Clemson!

Tuitt may change “leaders” several times before he actually signs. If I were him, I don’t think I would say a word until I was 100% sure. It’s like the flavor of the month with each visit. Good luck to him.

Matthews Dawg

June 16th, 2010
10:53 am

BigTimeTECHfan….LeMay is solid! He’ll be at UGA. Even with his typical teenage bad choice/decision he made. He is a good kid.

learn something everyday

June 16th, 2010
10:59 am

would be a nice pick up for Tech. But if he really wants to be an orthopedic surgeon then you cannot consider him a lock for tech. I have an ex-girlfriend who graduated tech and went onto med school, but it is easier to get in to med school when your major is pre-med, something tech noes not offer.

G

June 16th, 2010
11:00 am

Don’t expect a Tech fan to understand Lemay’s situation they never got the girl in highschool or the two gals at Tech

BigTimeTECHFan

June 16th, 2010
11:06 am

Matthew Dawg – “LeMay is solid!”

That’s what I’m asking – Is Tuitt putting Tech as leader same as LeMay’s “solid” leader, I thinking not, more heavy lean.

GT Dog

June 16th, 2010
11:07 am

Whoa, there PI$$, you’re looking a little shaky there this. Go take a quick shot and come back after the dry heaves are over…

Americus Jacket

June 16th, 2010
11:08 am

I’m not sure where you get your information, but being “pre-med” somewhere else does not give you an edge in med school. The guys I knew at Tech all got into med school who wanted to go, and they all said having a Tech degree made it easier. Of course, your point may be, “Tech is harder, and it’s easier to go to another school.” If that’s your point, mea culpa.

TechMed?

June 16th, 2010
11:09 am

If he wants to be an orthopedic surgeon, he needs to go to a school that actually has a pre-med major, or at least a minor. Yech has neither. From their web site: ‘Because Georgia Tech does not have a designated pre-med major or minor, it is important that you choose your classes carefully’ He can get there, but the route is winding.

GT Dog

June 16th, 2010
11:10 am

He won’t have a prob getting into med school if his grades at Tech are good.

RxDawg

June 16th, 2010
11:12 am

Man, hate to lose Peak if that’s true.

GT Dog

June 16th, 2010
11:15 am

Yeah, Peake would have been nice. What do we have now, 3 receivers in 2011 committed already?

OldJacket

June 16th, 2010
11:16 am

Many Atlanta area doctors did thier undergrad at Tech including Rep Phil Gingrey.

Delbert D.

June 16th, 2010
11:22 am

Typical fan rant: “Our biology is better than your biology.”

That’s a refreshing change.

Jacket Backer

June 16th, 2010
11:27 am

welcome to the flats darren….love a 6′5 DB!!

Go Jackets!!

PEDSMD

June 16th, 2010
11:39 am

Undergraduate major doesnt matter getting into medical school, a fair number of the people I entered with studied programs non-premed. A good number of them came from Tech also, but more came from UGA ;)

The fact that he plays college football will look good on his CV.

Jackets don't know how to follow football

June 16th, 2010
11:40 am

A 6′5” 252 lb DB? I sure hope thats what he’ll play on the flats. We certainly could use him at defensive END over here… :)

KD

June 16th, 2010
11:41 am

It’s just coaches lying to these kids to get them to commit to their schools

RambleOn84

June 16th, 2010
11:44 am

1. Tuitt will probably end up at Miami. Hate to be a pessimist, but if he’s from Miami and a big fan, I see no reason why he will not flip-flop back to Coral Gables.

2. The talk over majors offered is silly in this case. “Pre-Med” is not a major offered by ANYONE.
People who go “pre-med” major in a certain science, usually Biology or Chemistry, but must take a certain courseload of prerequisites to gain admission into medical school. It is something along the lines of Bio 1 & 2, Chem 1 & 2, Physics 1 & 2, Organic Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and a few others.

You can technically major in Sociology, but if you take the prerequisites for medical school, you are in the “pre-med” route.

RambleOn84

June 16th, 2010
11:46 am

Where did the article state that Waller weighed 252 lbs?

Looks like (6-5, 205) to me.

Bulldog59

June 16th, 2010
11:58 am

Tuitt is a great “get” for GT if they can close the deal.

Peake has always favored Clemson, made several unofficial visits, but it would be nice to have him at UGA. Lemay has been trying, but don’t think he’ll be able to talk him out of this.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

June 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

Tuitt is not much of a suprise, and that he “reannounced” his leader for the second time, i would just wait and see on signing day for that one. Sounds like he’s heavy GT, heavy U, but could easily be swayed by Kelly and the Irish. Congrats on the 6′5″ DB, b/c if he is truly that tall, with any talent at all, he will wreak havoc on inexperienced wr’s as a fesh or soph.I can’t wait until sept. 4th..
GO DAWGS

Coach Hewitt..

June 16th, 2010
12:14 pm

Stephon’s team at Monroe Co. won 2 games in the last 2 years… That’s good for the kid, he’s used to losing so he will not be too disappointed losing games at GT as the jackets circle the drain the next few years with manboobs recruits…..Paul…($7.1million or STFU…LMMFAO)

Mike D

June 16th, 2010
12:17 pm

Good luck Stephon and hope to see you on the Flats. Al Groh is a top notch nfl experienced DC.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

June 16th, 2010
12:23 pm

al-groh is currently looking for his AARP card, thats why your first team defense gave up so many points and yards to a ‘backup filled’ first string offense at your t day game. I think it was lost in the move, after he was FIRED from his last coaching job, which he over-stayed his welcome a couple years. My, if anyone sounds like a top notch coach, its gotta be him. Or maybe Derrick Dooley, UT new coach, who couldn’t manage a winning record in div.1 AA. Yeah great coaches indeed.

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

Al Groh’s defense at Virginia finished worse than Tech’s last year.

Matthews Dawg

June 16th, 2010
12:37 pm

BigtimeTECHfan…..I see your point. But, LeMay said that he is going to UGA. If UGA were to get rid of Coach Richt or others then he would “re-evalute” his decision. I don’t think CMR is going anywhere. That is why I say he is solid. He isn’t talking about different school like Tuitt has done and still seems to be doing. That is why I would question the “leader” right now.

Calhoun insider

June 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

Willie Humpitt

June 16th, 2010
12:48 pm

enough already

Captain

June 16th, 2010
12:50 pm

This Tuitt situation is almost comical. The young man says he wants to become an ortho surgeon. GT says they’ve mapped out a way for him to go through their Managemnt program. That’s goofy. If the young man wants to go to Medical school, is he not aware of the soon to have its first entering class University of Georgia Medical School in Athens? Why wouldn’t he attend a Univ with degrees in Biology as well as other related science degrees, and be well prepared for Med School? Why would he go through GT’s Management program and earn a degree in Textiles, or Motel Management, or such, vs Georgia, Miami, Alabama, Notre DAme? At least he should be forthcoming, he simply likes GT better and looks forward to playing in front of those big Thurs night crowds and ‘ol Fish Fry Johnson.

dougdawg

June 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

he as the perfect name — tuitt. as in ‘i’ll get around tuitt.’ don’t jump on the bandwagon yet, tasty bees.

15 wins in 50 years

June 16th, 2010
12:58 pm

Bigtimetechfan where have you seen Lemay wavering? Tuitt is a good one, for tech “if”.

Reality Check

June 16th, 2010
12:58 pm

Hey people, BigtimeTECHfan knows LeMay is solid!!!!!!!!!! He was asking if Tuitt was. Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT12

June 16th, 2010
1:03 pm

Captain,
GT most definitely has degrees in biology and ‘other related science degrees.’ Do you really think we could produce some of the world’s top notch engineers without having high competency in all of the sciences? Idiot. And why wouldn’t he want to go to the uga medical school that’s opening? My guess is that, if it’s like most of the colleges at uga, it will suck. He can go to GT where nearly all of our degrees, both engineering and non-engineering, are near the top in the country. It doesn’t matter what you get your degree in as long as you take the pre-med courses. Top 30 management program, completely unproven pre-med school. Fairly obvious choice.

Tech Rules

June 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

Chip???? You are actually reporting on Tech recruits? And, it is positive news? Are you feeling okay?

Tech Rules

June 16th, 2010
1:06 pm

@Captain – You are a goofball. GA Tech does have a degree in Biology. There is also Bio-engineering as well as other degrees offered at GA Tech.

In addition, GA Tech has more med school applicants ACCEPTED to med school than any other in the state. Ya think that might have something to do with it?

Educate thyself!

RambleOn84

June 16th, 2010
1:06 pm

Thanks for all the class exhibited by UGA fans in the recent posts.

Yes, Groh is old and was fired as head coach of UVA. Wasn’t Grantham fired as defensive coordinator of the Browns?

Yes, Paul Johnson is overweight. Have you seen Grantham lately?

Just stick to the topic…we don’t need another daily “our school is better” shouting match.

wiley

June 16th, 2010
1:12 pm

Because Captain…as its been previously stated…it does not matter where or what you learn during undergrad as long as you meet pre med requirements and get a good enough score on the MCAT. The same is true for anyone pursing law, dentistry or pharmacy. Getting a high GPA is way more important than where you get the degree or what the degree is in. GT’s management college is has a lot of pre-med and pre law students….mainly because it easier to maintain a high GPA when compared with engineering…but its still pretty hard. Tuitt will take Chemistry and Calculus if he wants to do pre med…good luck to him! GT’s management school is ranked in the top 25…just saying.

BuddyColtrane

June 16th, 2010
1:14 pm

Tech offers biology, right? If that’s so, then he could definitely get into med school via GT. As for who he signs with, I think academics will play a huge role with this kid. look at his top 3-4 choices (depending on how you view UGA, which is a good school). I would love for him to commit to the Dogs, but this looks like an ACC battle. I say UGA should put more focus into Drew, Dickson, and Wright if this is the case with him. Good luck to Tuitt in his decision.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

June 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

dougdawg – ‘tuitt. as in ‘i’ll get around tuitt.’

Haha doug…thats a solid post. Kudos.

Hope he comes to tech, we need a few kids of his calibor, they certainly see the field quick when the get here ala Derrick Morgan, Morgan Burrnett, Nesbitt, and Dwyer were all recruited similarly to this kid.