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.
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.