Notre Dame commitment Stephon Tuitt plans official visit to Georgia Tech

Stephon Tuitt said he plans to take an official visit to Georgia Tech shortly after returning home from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9.

This is big news since the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Monroe — who Rivals ranks the No. 1 player in the state — has been committed to Notre Dame since September.

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Tuitt tells me he remains committed to the Fighting Irish but wanted to take a couple of visits “just to make sure.” He also took an official to Auburn the weekend before Christmas.

“I know wherever I sign it’s going to be for four years, so I want to be sure about it,” he said Thursday.

Tuitt said he informed Notre Dame’s coaches of his plans.

“I’ve been up front with them,” he said. “Of course, they didn’t want me to take any visits. But I explained it to them and I gave them valid reasons. I told them I intended to stay committed but if they wanted me to stay committed they needed to let me make sure this was where I wanted to be before I sign those papers for four years.”

Tuitt plans to limit his official visits to Tech and Auburn.

The Tigers came on late for the four-star prospect shortly before he committed to Notre Dame this past fall. But Tuitt was long thought to be a heavy Tech lean. He has visited the campus numerous times over the last 18 months and his mother talked about how much she liked the school.

“I saved them for last, just to make sure,” Tuitt said.

Of course, his previous trips to The Flats were at his own expense. This time he’ll be on the Jackets’ dime. And he knows he can expect red-carpet treatment.

“I’m sure they will,” he said. “I always have a good time whenever I go to Georgia Tech.”

If Tuitt does decide to change his mind, there is a chance he’d make an announcement “a couple of days after the visit.” But it’s more likely he won’t make an announcement at all, at least not until national signing day.

“We’ll see,” he said.

Prospect rankings for Tuitt are all over the map. A consensus as a four-star  prospect, Rivals.com rates him the No. 1 player in the state and No. 2 in the nation at his position. Scout.com ranks him the No. 12 player in the country at his position and ESPN has him No. 12 at his position but 120th overall.

A tall and agile athlete, Tuitt gained notice at national camps and combines this past summer. He earned first-team all-state honors by helping lead Monroe Area, which was 0-20 the previous two seasons, to a 11-2 record this past year.

176 comments Add your comment

naganole

December 31st, 2010
5:35 am

Up early, Chip, or is this an auto post?

K

December 31st, 2010
6:29 am

Stay in Georgia.
Play football at GT.
Help make your state better, give back!
You will win in the end!!!!!!

Sandman053

December 31st, 2010
6:47 am

lol naganole…I was wondering myself.

RESIGN OR RE-SIGN?

December 31st, 2010
6:59 am

Chip is an “Early Riser”!

Jesse Stone

December 31st, 2010
7:20 am

Chip- I see that you banned someone from yesterday’s blog for using multiple screen names. Have you checked out the Fire Paul Johnson clown and his many aliases?

JB

December 31st, 2010
7:33 am

Why go to a school that in your instate rival OWNS?

1-9.

HBTD!!!

CPJ speaks from the heart

December 31st, 2010
7:35 am

You are kidding right, you would even consider gtu when you can play for ND. The business networking alone after graduation makes gtu a non issue.

THWGT

Brooksdawg

December 31st, 2010
7:40 am

Jesse–I think he was the one.

Brooksdawg

December 31st, 2010
7:43 am

naganole–any word on Drew or Mitchell? & where has Lowndes25 been?

Recrootin' DAwG

December 31st, 2010
7:44 am

One things for sure… if he commits to Tech his ratings will drop like a rock. That’s the way the rating systems work. Calvin Johnson myteriously dropped from the 2nd best reciever to number 6 a week after he committed to Tech. The star system is a joke, designed to sucker in hype buying fools in this society.

Coach

December 31st, 2010
7:53 am

Why, ND they are a joke? Please that contract with NBC is the only thing they got. When its up, then u wont see ND on tv. Teach got a bad coach that runs the wishbone. No top WR or TE will be there with PJ. Richt is too slack on his players and never achieve anything. Poor ratings from these so called rating experts

bitter yellow fever

December 31st, 2010
8:19 am

lissen ga tech has a under the radar high level recruiting class, very tall and rangie fast group of players, with steffon commitment and the QB from north carolina this class will be acc champs in 2 years and win mulipile conv champs and by his senior year it will be nat champs!!!!!, coach paul back on top yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw

Coach

December 31st, 2010
8:23 am

PJ only has three lays. run left, middle, and right. This is not the 1980’s. Teach will never et a top raed QB, TE,WR. How can you win like that. His offense is so boring and cant move the ball. Nesbitt will blow up in the NFL. Its over or tech.

Coach

December 31st, 2010
8:24 am

Plays, get, and rated, sorry

D A Double U G

December 31st, 2010
8:43 am

I do not like the Yellow-Magget football program any more than the next DAWG, but I would MUCH rather see Tuitt at Tech than to run away up North to play.

It sounds to me like he stopped getting as much attention after he committed, and feels he deserves more. (the prototype for today’s star recruits) I wish they would all just wait until signing day.

42-34

GT45

December 31st, 2010
8:45 am

It broke my heart when he chose ND. I saw him the first game of the season against Monticello, and pictured him in old gold and white. His coach had told me last summer it was probably going to be Tech. Maybe he will change his mind. I hear he is a great kid. Tech is not for everyone-just those that can challenge themselves, but I think he will be a great fit in the 3-4!

Worm

December 31st, 2010
8:54 am

Son, If you want to make the next level, You don’t need to be practicing against an option attack for four years..Tech’s a great school, but not a good choice for someone desiring the NFL..Four years of cut blocking is nothing to look forward to.

Glenn

December 31st, 2010
9:09 am

GA Tech has quietly put together a nice recruiting class, and the undecided kids are starting to realize it, especially with guys like Vad Lee contacting them and telling them how much they want them to join them on the Flats. As far as closeness of recruits are concerned, this is very much like the Class that brought in Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan, Morgan Burnett, and Joshua Nesbitt. Most of these kids can play multiple positions, are taller (6 feet in height or taller), and faster/quicker than recruiting classes in the past.

Because most of Paul Johnson’s recruits used a red shirt when they came on campus, this will be the first year when most of them will be stepping on the varsity field “together” and seeing some real playing time especially on the offensive line. Considering there was little depth there due to the number of players recruited by Chan Gailey before he left, and Paul Johnson came on Campus, and the players who were playing on the offensive line were not the “right” type of lineman for his type of offense (not pro-style, as recruited by Chan Gailey, but needing more aggressive run blocking linemen who could get get better pad level and to the second level tacklers).

Finally, while I think it is remarkable how well Joshua Nesbitt was able to “transform” himself into an option quarterback, he was requited to GA Tech as a passing QB, never taking a snap under center (in High School or College under Chan Gailey) until Paul Johnson put him there is Sophomore year as the starter. True “option” QB’s are just now about to be taking over the offense, so we’ll have a chance to see how quickly they’ll be able to adapt to the spread/triple option offense (let’s watch Synjn Days and Vad Lee and see if they can beat out Tevin Washington).

GT_Dan

December 31st, 2010
9:13 am

Good to hear! Tuitt would be a great addition to GT. We need playmakers on both sides of the ball, especially on D and this young man fits the bill. Stay in state and come to the Flats! With a def. coach like Groh a dynamic player like Tuitt could really turn into something special! Here’s to hoping!!!!!

1eyedJack

December 31st, 2010
9:15 am

Not a single GT commitment was even offered by UGA, Bama or UF.

b

December 31st, 2010
9:18 am

Tuitt is way overrated. The other DE,Whitehead at Monroe,a jr. is the
much better player.
Tuitt’s not going to make an impact in the near future.

mowreck

December 31st, 2010
9:18 am

yeah worm, just has the 4 guys who went to the NFL a year ago.

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
9:25 am

To the UGA fans trying to keep Tuitt from signing with Tech:

Get a life. Let the guy make his own decision. Obviously I hope he comes to Tech, but he has to make the decision that’s best for him and his family.

How pathetic is your life when you spend your days badmouthing your rival on a website in the hopes that a young football player will find your comments worthwhile?

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
9:28 am

Same goes to Tech fans who are disparaging Notre Dame. While Notre Dame has been bad recently, it is still a top-notch academic institution something that is obviously important to Tuitt. And you never know, they could be ready to take a huge step under Brian Kelly.

GT45

December 31st, 2010
9:29 am

One eye, And? 6-6, 9-3, and 7-5? Is that right? Are you the standard? Two of the three got beat by Miss St, who we killed the last two years.

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
9:30 am

In short, it seems like Stephon Tuitt is a smart kid. He’ll make the right decision for him. While I would love for him to pick GT (and possibly talk Vaughters into coming with him!!!), I’ll wish him luck wherever he goes. We Georgia boys need to stick together, even the ones at UGA.

Ken

December 31st, 2010
9:32 am

Best of luck to Stephon wherever he goes. I would love to see him at Ga. Tech as I think he would be a great fit. But wherever you go Mr. Tuitt, this Tech fan wishes you nothing but success. And thanks for giving us an official visit. I hope you see all the wonderful advantages of playing on the flats.

Footballrules

December 31st, 2010
9:35 am

Stephon…being that you are from Georgia, thought you might want to take a look at this. Average High Temp. for Atlanta in January = 52 degrees. Average high for South Bend, IN, in January = 31 degrees. Average Low for Atlanta in January = 33 degrees. Average Low for Sound Bend in January = 16 degrees (that’s a balmy SIXTEEN). Snow does not always fall in Atlanta, but when it does the average is 2.5″. Average snowfall for South Bend is 81.8″ a year, and it starts in November.
Notre Dame is a great school, but if you choose to go there, you might want to have mom knit you at least 10 pair of “Long Johns,” and don’t plan on doing much driving from late Nov. till mid March.

1eyedJack

December 31st, 2010
9:39 am

GT45, it just shows that Fish Fry is not swimming in the same talent pool as those teams. He’s recruiting Georgia Southern players not BCS talent.

Ted M

December 31st, 2010
9:42 am

please update your sports TV listings

GT Alum

December 31st, 2010
9:44 am

I still don’t understand why these guys “commit” before they’re “sure”. Is there so much pressure on them to make an announcement that they do it before they’re ready, then start to have second thoughts? I think they need to back off these kids, let them have time to make their own decisions and drop all this “commitment” foolishness. You apparently aren’t “committed” to anyone until you actually put your name on the dotted line, so this whole early commitment process is just a lot of smoke.

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
9:45 am

Fine, no players were offered by Alabama, Florida, or Georgia.

However, we have signed players offered by Auburn (who is playing for the MNC), South Carolina (who beat all three teams you mention), Wisconsin (who is playing in a BCS bowl game and ranked #5, in other words better than all three of those schools), Mississippi State (who beat both Florida and Georgia), Arkansas (who beat Georgia and had a better season than Florida), NC State (who had a better season than Florida or Georgia), West Virginia (who had a better season than Florida or Georgia), Maryland (who had a better season than Georgia or Florida), Notre Dame (who is a traditional power), Penn State (who is also a traditional power), UNC (who had a better season than Georgia), and South Florida (who had a better season than Georgia).

Yep, we should be really sad about who we beat out for recruits.

Saban

December 31st, 2010
9:45 am

Over the next several years Tech will walk away with major, major highly rated recruits.

I am sending Johnson those players he will need to win big and beat those red panty wearing coachses in Athens.

Try to steal my defensive coordinator will you. So what did Richt do he hired a little choak dawg.

By the way after an off year I will be at Denver next year and win a Super Bowl with a bunch of highly paid Auburn players.

Understand UGA VIII was attacked by the other little UGA`s. Can`t discuss what they bit off but his sex change operation went well.

Bayou Philosopher

December 31st, 2010
9:46 am

GT needs this young man — badly. The Tech defense under CPJ is dropping like a rock. As Chan Gailey’s players depart — there is NO talent left to play with the big boys. They can’t stop the run — and have no experience stopping anyone with a passing attack (see: Miami and 5-6 UGA). Glen’s post seems focused on the offense — which is also crippled. Keep in mind, Glen, that even Air Force’s option attack has a PASSING GAME. Yet somehow, Tech’s “option QB” recruits need a red-shirt year — why is that? Somehow, Tevin is the problem? Air Force players are not doing red shirts. Special teams are a Ramblin’ train wreck, too. Not enough athletes / speed / or even smarts. How can we have a Tech team with no smarts?? CPJ has got to change his approach and get the talent into Tech.

1eyedJack

December 31st, 2010
9:50 am

Circling the drain.

Matthews Dawg

December 31st, 2010
9:53 am

RambleOn84…you are spot on!! I would rather a kid go to GT then go out of state! We need to keep all great players in state and I wish they would all go to UGA or GT. That would make the UGA/GT game even more exciting each year! Good luck to him on his choice. Go Dawgs!!

Luke

December 31st, 2010
9:55 am

Bayou,

I don’t know if you saw the Air Force game at all, but stopping the run wasn’t the problem. Hell, stopping the pass wasn’t really the problem either. 4 turnovers were. Putting the ball on the ground has been the problem all year for Georgia Tech. The sad this is, it hasn’t been on pitches really. There’s been a few that someone has just missed, but really its been guys just getting hit and dropping the ball (i.e. Roddy Jones against Georgia on the 12, AA against Air Force). And Tevin really has no business throwing the football if he can’t lead his receivers. And the receivers have no business being out there if they can’t catch the ball.

The Air Force game was the Tech season wrapped in a nut shell. Pitiful really. Talent isn’t the problem and the offense isn’t the problem. Execution is. However, our special teams is a disaster.

GT fan

December 31st, 2010
9:57 am

Stephon you are Welcome at GT. Hope you decide to make it home for 4 years and looking forward to watching you play. Where ever you decide, we wish you the best.
PS..I just don’t like Notre Dame..period. But we’d love to have you.lol

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
10:02 am

Luke,
You really can’t blame Roddy for the fumble vs UGA…he had a huge linebacker right in his face.

While it’s easy to say he should have caught it anyway, Tevin should never have pitched him the ball in that situation. Better to take the loss of yardage and live to fight another day.

buzz fan

December 31st, 2010
10:03 am

Good luck to our friends the UGA . Hope you win your Bowl game. We need all Georgia teams to win.
Mr. Tuitt, Hope you do go to GT. God’s speed young man.

RambleOn84

December 31st, 2010
10:10 am

I’m conflicted about the game today. I usually pull for UGA when they’re not playing Tech, but I really like George O’Leary.

RRTDawgs

December 31st, 2010
10:20 am

GT still had a shot with Tuitt he may still stay with ND nothing is final to these kids sign i hope UGA ends the year on a good note and the Falcons lock up the NFC east go dawgs and Falcons .

buzz fan

December 31st, 2010
10:20 am

agree 84. I do the same and like Big O…great man and Coach. Good luck to both.

TechGrad

December 31st, 2010
10:23 am

GT fan, you got it dead on! I do not like ND. Never have, never will. And I’m Catholic!
I wish Tuitt the best where ever he goes, but I hope like hell his future is on The Flats.

GTfan2011

December 31st, 2010
10:30 am

I only have one comment on a previous poster’s insinuation that ND has a better “network” than GT. This may be true if someone wants to work in Chicago or some other midwestern states. But an ND degree does not have as much cache in the South as it does in the Midwest. So lets say for argument sake that Stephon Tuitt is not drafted in the NFL and actually has to get a real job. If he wants to come back to Georgia, the smart thing to do would be to go to GT!

Score Check

December 31st, 2010
10:34 am

If you switch to gt fine. BUT you better watch out for the high crime rate in the City of Atlanta cesspool.

Buzzzed

December 31st, 2010
10:34 am

Stephon, Tech needs you more than ND. Did you watch any of the games this season? You may be an instant starter.

You and all the big LBs that Tech is amassing will be able to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

mike

December 31st, 2010
10:36 am

do these guys even know what commitment means>

Dsgb

December 31st, 2010
10:47 am

To have success in the 3-4 you need a huge nt in the middle I havent seen tech address this need without that big nt they will soft up front! What big space eaters are they going after?

just asking

December 31st, 2010
10:49 am

Stephon, please come to GT..we need you and is there anyway we can “recruit” Giff Smith back form Buffalo? lol Best recruiter GT had had in the past decade