DE Stephon Tuitt commits to Notre Dame over Georgia Tech

Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt, one of the top defensive ends in the state and Rivals’ No. 22-ranked prospect in the country, committed to Notre Dame Wednesday night.

If that seems sudden, it does to Tuitt, too. But after making his official visit to Notre Dame with his mother this past weekend, the longtime Georgia Tech lean just felt there was no reason to put off a decision any longer.

“The two schools I was most interested in were Notre Dame and Georgia Tech,” Tuitt said from his Monroe home Wednesday night. “After this weekend, I knew which one I wanted to go to. What’s the point in waiting? There was no sense  in continuing to go to other schools. I did that for the last year. It was just time.”

Most of the spring and summer, Tuitt (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) had listed the Yellow Jackets as his favorite among several schools. More recently he had said Tech was tied in his top five along with Notre Dame, Auburn, Clemson and Miami.

But all that reshuffled after he spent Thursday through Sunday in South Bend, Ind., and watched Notre Dame take on Michigan last Saturday.

“There was just one thing they had over Georgia Tech and that was my major,” said Tuitt, who wants to major in sports medicine and eventually become an orthopedist. “And I just got a special feeling there. I was comfortable and I had great chemistry with the coaches and players.”

Tuitt said he informed the Fighting Irish by calling head coach Brian Kelly a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

“He was excited,” Tuitt said. “It sounded like he did a little dance move.”

Afterward, Tuitt called Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum. He said it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done in his life.

“He’s a great coach and I think the world of him,” Tuitt said. “You can’t take anything away from him. He was disappointed. It hurt. That was the hardest part. I wouldn’t have a second thought going to Georgia Tech. Notre Dame was just a better fit for me.”

Tuitt said he did not intend for the news to get out so quickly. He had planned to announce it to his teammates and classmates at Monroe Area High School on Thursday. But the news spread like wildfire through Twitter and Notre Dame fan sites. Tuitt’s phone was blowing up before he could even think about going to bed.

“I’m new to this game,” he said with a laugh. “It’s out now so I don’t so know what I’m supposed to do.”

136 comments Add your comment

Kevin

September 15th, 2010
10:56 pm

haha congrats on your biggest recruit in 10 years nerds…. oh wait…

GT fan

September 15th, 2010
10:59 pm

Who cares, just another unproven.

Kevin

September 15th, 2010
11:00 pm

17-6. There’s this thing called the end zone, you should try to visit it sometime.

GT fan

September 15th, 2010
11:00 pm

HAHAHAH UGA FAN TALKING ABOUT RECUITS. Hope all of yours dont end up in jail.

GTBob

September 15th, 2010
11:02 pm

Oh well, tough luck. No big deal though. Congrats to Tuitt. Notre Dame is a fine school and its good to hear that he has plans for his life outside of football.

Taylor S

September 15th, 2010
11:03 pm

lol wow GT fans have been running there mouths about this kid for months. Sucks to be a bug.

ryan

September 15th, 2010
11:04 pm

Oh now you GT jerks hate his guts Tuitt is a great athlete stop wining pathetic .

College Football Fan

September 15th, 2010
11:04 pm

Grow up Kevin. What are you, 12? I never cease to be amazed at idiots like you on sports blogs. Be honest, if that’s possbile, have you ever even played football or even attended a college, much less UGA. It’s inmature children like you who give Dawg fans a bad name.

RomeDawg

September 15th, 2010
11:05 pm

I hate it for Tech fans but love it for Dawg fans. He is a beast! Glad we won’t see him every year. Good luck in South Bend. Does Notre Dame produce NFL players anymore? Not what it used to be….

College Football Fan

September 15th, 2010
11:06 pm

Taylor S: it’s spelled “their,” not “there.” You and Kevin must have gotten your GEDs in the same class.

Clarification

September 15th, 2010
11:07 pm

LMAO. This was supposed to be GT’s one big-time recruit. When are y’all going to wake up and realize what PJ is doing to your program?

ryan

September 15th, 2010
11:09 pm

Pathetic how Tech fans take it out on UGA when they don’t get what they want be a man and get over it .

reality check

September 15th, 2010
11:11 pm

He could’ve gone to UGA and majored in…….Criminology.

GT fan

September 15th, 2010
11:13 pm

Clarification only time will tell. But i am tired of run,run,run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run run you get the point. He is to set in his ways to change or adapt to new defensive schemes.

dawgfan

September 15th, 2010
11:14 pm

hahahhahahahahaha nerds
theres something called not losing to an unranked terrible school….u should try it sometime.
and yes we are talking about recruits…we no a little something about r 4-5 stars
this was suppised to be ur first 4 star of the decade…oh wait. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
AND we OWN YALL INBASKETBALL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
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(((((((((Kentavious Caldwell))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((ALL THE TOP FOOTBALL RECRUITS)))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((PAUL HEWITT SUCKS HAHAHAHA)))))))))))))))
((((((((((((((((((((LOST TO KANSAS HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((BYE BYE MR FAVORS)))))))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((((HELLO MARCUS THORNTON)))))))))))

hahahahahahaha i could go on for days

Rodney Dangerfield

September 15th, 2010
11:17 pm

Well at least he made a decision and now Tech can move on! Yeah it sucks that he isn’t coming to Tech but I’m not going to be crying in my Cherios about it. I’d rather Tech be spurned now than right before signing time. Based on the write ups I’ve seen I was getting the feeling that he was looking for another school to beat out Tech. Cannot compete with Notre Dame fan base and history.

wesleywhatwhat

September 15th, 2010
11:20 pm

good luck to tuitt at notre dame.

NEXT!

clint

September 15th, 2010
11:21 pm

Techies, I have a feeling that you’re not out of it. He made an impulse decision after a great visit. Keep recruiting him and he’ll probably change his mind once or twice before NSD. Good luck ya bunch of nerds.

Glory Glory

September 15th, 2010
11:23 pm

Funny stuff!!!

Tech “fans”, be honest. You talked this kid up SO much!! Now that he choses somebody else, you want to talk crap about him.

You nerds are pathetic.

How’s that super bowl ring you kept talking about on Al “vagina-neck” Groh shining for you right now? I mean, he was fired from UVA…. That’s Virginia!!!!

Bwahahahaha!!!!

DawgFan2010

September 15th, 2010
11:31 pm

Hey College Football fan your the man because you use perfect grammar and punctuation on a blog. “Hey guys I know we lost to Kansas and we suck at football but I called this UGA fan out on using there instead of their” Your the reason people think tech fans are faggits.

Teck guy

September 15th, 2010
11:32 pm

What a chump. He turned down a great education at a prestigious institution like Georgia Tech in favor of Notre Dame? He just couldn’t cut our academics. Probabaly weak in calculus. And I bet Paul Johnson knew all of this and was ready to pull his scholarship offer. Paul Johnson can see right through deadbeats like Tuitt. Rather than play for championships in the ACC he goes to a declining program. Paul Johnson knows best and THAT’S why he’s the best coach in the state.

GTBob

September 15th, 2010
11:32 pm

Who is talking crap about Tuitt? He is a great young prospect and sounds like a great kid too. Im happy for him. I think he will be happy at Notre Dame. The only real crap talking on the board is coming from UGA fans trying to gloat. Its just a recruit. You guys make it seem like our whole program is collapsing because a high school kid wants to go to college somewhere else.

Glory Glory

September 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

See….

I know you nerds will not believe what I’m about to type, but here it goes….

Ready?…….

“Not everybody wants to be an engineer”

Whoa you say? I know. But it’s tge truth. This kid has dreams your trade school cannot offer. In your eyes everybody that dies not attend Tech, was denied by Tech. Simply not tge case you dorks.

Just wait until Georgia State gets their program rolling, and tge recruits that want the Downtown Atlanta experience will have a much wider curriculum to chose from.

You made the right decision Tuitt.

a-son-sir

September 15th, 2010
11:37 pm

Would have loved to have seen Tuitt play at Grant Field. Good luck in South Bend young man.

Glory Glory

September 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

*the

Darn phone keypad

a-son-sir

September 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

O yeah, you mutt trolls can go back to licking your balls now. We are gona whip your butts this year.

Maddog

September 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

GTBob
September 15th, 2010
11:32 pm

I wouldn’t consider Tuitt’s decision to be an indication that tech’s program is on the slide. The Kansas game maybe, but not Tuitt.

Kevin

September 15th, 2010
11:39 pm

Maddog

September 15th, 2010
11:40 pm

Glory Glory
September 15th, 2010
11:35 pm

“Not everybody wants to be an engineer”

Very few of tech’s starting athletes are engineers as well.

Maddog

September 15th, 2010
11:43 pm

a-son-sir
September 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

“We are gona whip your butts this year.” We? What’s your jersey number.

GTBob

September 15th, 2010
11:45 pm

Maddog, the Kansas game is a concern, definitely. But im not gonna get too up in arms over one game. We came out flat and they played better. The same thing happened last year against Miami. After that game we caught fire and won the conference.

Timmy the Techie

September 15th, 2010
11:46 pm

We all know 75% of UGA students are there only because they were denied entry to Tech.

If you don’t want to be an engineer, you are simply a failure.

I’m excited about this weekend, so I can watch, and root against tge Dogs. I will check my Tech score during station breaks. Because I, like the rest of my student body, obsess over UGA football.

Tide Roll

September 15th, 2010
11:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 15th, 2010
11:57 pm

I told you Tuitt’s mama would tell him where to go and she likes Notre Dame. Unfortunately he will be subjected to at least 3 mediocre season of 7-5. Then I guess he will attempt to turn pro. Tuitt’s mama did not like Mark Richt and that is why they stopped recruiting him long ago. Drew is the DE UGA covets and he is by far the best in the state. I wish him well. At least he isn’t going to an SEC school.

dawgster

September 15th, 2010
11:58 pm

Hey GTBob…you are quiet right the dawg fans shouldn’t come on here and gloat…but i’ve seen the same thing from the Tech fans when it comes to anything regrding the dawgs and that goes for recruiting or our whole program…as i said it’s happening on both sides…i don’t care for it especially involving these young people who make a decision and then some idiot and that includes any dawg fans and tech fans who get on here and badmouth a young man’s decision that he should be excited about for him and his family…The only way some of this stuff will stop is for the more dawg and tech fans showing a little class..i’m not sure why that is so hard…go dawgs

Tide Roll

September 15th, 2010
11:59 pm

Cam Newton is lighting it up at Auburn and is the sole reason Gameday is there on site. Bobo and that S. Ga. attitude of his cost us this kid and probably a title. What a joke Uga’s staff is. You’ve got to get rid of these Georgia “good ole boys” like Bobo and Searles. they’re killing us.

Paul in RDU

September 16th, 2010
12:19 am

Good luck to Tuitt. Notre Dame is a good school with a beautiful campus and it sounds as if he had a great trip to South Bend last weekend. I am not sure how he needed to go to ND for a specific major – although ND sends plenty of graduates to medical school they don’t have one themselves.
Tuitt should take the opportunity of visiting South Bend in January and walking around the town – he needs to make sure he understands the minuses as well as the pluses.

smh

September 16th, 2010
12:28 am

Regarding most of the comments on here, I hope most of you are under the age of 15. It’s amazing to see the things that people say hiding behind their computers.

GTax

September 16th, 2010
12:30 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Courtney

September 16th, 2010
12:30 am

Go to ND and be a “never will be”. That school is living in the past and watching them on TV is like watching a funeral. Everyone knows that program is dead.

Kevin

September 16th, 2010
12:42 am

Actually ladies I go to UGA and i attend every game and I also attend every woman at the school. You old farts are just a little jealous that you never really got to live it up in college and pound just like 5 star girls nonstop, probably a few of them being your daughters so… whats up

UGA owns you tasty bees..

September 16th, 2010
1:01 am

looks like GT finds ways to lose on Wednesdays along with Saturdays..

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2010
1:02 am

He’s a good kid and he made the right decision for him. I wish we could have landed him, but I wish the best of luck to him.

TechGrad

September 16th, 2010
1:05 am

ND is historically a great program. I do believe they are going to be left behind because of their greedy refusal to join a conference. I do not believe they will be returning to dominance (and maybe not relevance) any time soon. Good luck Stephon. It would have been great to see you playing for Tech on Saturdays; but hopefully ND will prove me wrong, win a bunch of games, and you can then get your butt whipped by the Yellowjackets in a bowl game. Or maybe you’ll just come to your senses before NSD. It’s going to be COLD in South Bend late in the season.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

September 16th, 2010
1:09 am

“Notre Dame has my major” and errr… uhhh… doesn’t lose to Kansas.. C’mon tasty bees, tell us how your teams gonna “whoop us” and how your *horrible* quarterback should win the heisman.. Those are almost as funny as the first! Speaking of your running-back.. eh.. i mean.. quarterback.. So how many completions does he have this year? The number is SIX.. And how many INT’s?? ONE. so by mathmatical standards, if he keeps this “heisman train a rollin” by the end of the year, he will have gone 36 of 156, with SIX passing TD’s and SIX INT’s. Yep, sounds like a true heisman contender to me !!!! He’s got my vote!!

Old Gold

September 16th, 2010
1:11 am

He would have struggled with Georgia Tech’s superior academics anyway.

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2010
1:12 am

Tasty bees, you shouldn’t be talking about losing. You’re a dog to the hawgs and still have to play Florida, Tennesee and Auburn.

Hey, "GTax"

September 16th, 2010
1:15 am

Nesbitt for Heisman –> What have you been smoking?
(((45 – 42))) –> Still bragging about a score from two years ago? How pathetic!
GTax –> How is that season job with H&R Block working out for you?

B

September 16th, 2010
1:15 am

Why is this “Kevin” guy talking smack about Tech, yet posting the score for uga’s loss?

Boca Baby

September 16th, 2010
1:16 am

Smart move kid. Now you won’t have to have your butt kicked every year by UGA.