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:
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.
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