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.

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William C Smith

December 31st, 2010
9:06 pm

I don’t know the university he will attend, but I know he will be a great player. A Georgia grad when kidding with me once said. Do you know what a Georgia grad says to a Georgia Tech grad? How is everything going boss. Insults get old lets have a little humor. A former Michigan head coach when finding out I ate at a certain restuarant in Ohio told me how much he loved it. Go figure!

GTfan2011

December 31st, 2010
9:07 pm

Wrex,
You are ignorant on the subject of academic exceptions and special admissions. Each university sets their own admissions standards, so any special admissions would be based on that Universities standards not a single standard. GT football players had the highest SAT scores of all public universities (53 in total) in FBS in 2007, UGA average was about 100 points lower. In 2004-2005 UGA special admits on their own academic standards were 93%, GT’s were 9%.

And you never answered my post about the difference between fact and opinion. You don’t know the difference and I hope everyone else can see just as much as I can that you lose more and more credibility every time you open your mouth.

Rodney Dangerfield

December 31st, 2010
9:59 pm

As for Stephon Tuitt, it doesn’t sound like he is truly committed to ND. So that sounds good for Tech. And you haters must be dumb if you think Tech isn’t going to keep on recruiting kids that were high on Tech but committed elsewhere. If you are going to commit to Johnson you need to mean it. I guess other coaches don’t hold the same standards.

BreakingNews

December 31st, 2010
11:28 pm

The way both UGA & GT are playing, Tuitt should get as far away from the state of GA as possible!

WrexNFx aka Ol' Wrex

December 31st, 2010
11:32 pm

re:
GTfan2011
December 31st, 2010
9:07 pm
______________
You’re WRONG and you know it!

Please list the Average SAT Scores and GPA for the typical GT FB Recruiting Class, now compare that to the Average SAT Scores and GPA for the typical GT Student which is much higher than what I used from the College of Mgmt. in my post above.

I know for a FACT that the Avg. SATs for a typical GT FB Recruiting Class is about 1020+ up to 1070 for a Strong Recruiting class, and I als KNOW for a FACT that those scores are nowhere near what a NORMAL STUDENT has to earn to get into GT, therefore LOGIC & COMMON SENSE lead my to opine that GT’s FB Recruits get special admits to go to GT based on their FB Skills, and that percentage is MUCH higher than what GT Reports.

Basically GT has the same percentages of Academic Exceptions or Special Admits as everyone else, but they “play semantics” with their naive Fanbase and use different terminology.

Anytime an ATHLETE gets into a College with LOWER GPAs & SATs than would a non-Athlete, then that is a Special Admit, REGARDLESS of what “terminology” or LIE that GT wants to tell its Fanbase.

Stop being so naive 2011.

GT BABy

January 1st, 2011
1:16 am

Im so glad to see georgia fans in pure panic. They deserve every bit of it for talking all that trash.

naganole

January 1st, 2011
1:35 am

HAPPY NOLE YEAR, fellow recruitniks. May 2011 be better for you than 2010. GO NOLES..! :D

bigtime

January 1st, 2011
1:48 am

Happy New Year, I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since the Tide held the crystal ball as kings of the entire college football world. It’s going to be fun when we get back to the top of the mountain in 2011!

ROLL TIDE TO EVERYONE

richard in austin

January 1st, 2011
2:23 am

great wins over utah, usc, and now the canes, ND is on the way up18 out of 22 starters back, ND is on the way up! Go Irish!

Jesse Stone

January 1st, 2011
8:02 am

Let me know when the supposed Tech grad WrexNEffex says anything positive about Tech. He spews a lot of venom towards the Institution from which he SUPPOSEDLY graduated. Has he ever said anything positive about GT? Does anyone really think he actually is a GT grad or supporter?

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
9:40 am

Wrex,
Again you can’t separate fact from opinion and the language that you use shows that you are not a true GT fan. You do realize that if you are REALLY a GT fan then you just called yourself “wimpy, nerdy, unknowledgeable”.

WrexNFx aka Ol' Wrex

January 1st, 2011
10:37 am

re:
GTfan2011
______________
No Comments about GT dropping Bama & Auburn from future schedules?

What about the GAP in SATs for FB players vs. Normal Gt Students, yet you claim that GT has only 9% academic exceptions at a school e FB Recruits avg. 1020 to 1070 on their SATs while the rest of the Student body has avg. SATs that go from 1220 to 1400+ depending on Major chosen?

You do realize with that GAP in SATs between FB Recruits and normal students it is MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to only have 9% Academic exceptions for FB-Recruits unless you use some “quirky” definition for what an Academic Exception really is.

You spend your time time trying to prove what I am or am not, YET you never address any ISSUE nor do you DISPROVE anything.

I actually want to see GT play Bama and Auburn and tough OOC games like that, so I’m NOT one of wimpy, nerdy Fans that I criticize, thus that allows me to call them that and separate myself form the wussified GT fans like you.

I know what school I graduated from and I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, much less you.

The difference between me & you , is that I DISCUSS ISSUES with GT FB, and you discuss WrexNFx, now do you see how SILLY you are?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

January 1st, 2011
12:28 pm

I would never “disparage ND”, but we would love to have Stephon at GT, and he knows that being an alum of GT has plenty of lifetime perks.

Joe

January 1st, 2011
12:44 pm

Good move picking ND….experts predict they are one of the upcoming programs,,,,You need good college coaches…..Kelly and staff is a great coach…..

Blue Pants

January 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

Wrex you retarded dog crap fan, how can there be a wrong pro-style offense? Who has a right one? (6-7)Tennessee or (6-7)Georgia!!!!!! The fact of the matter is triple option teams are flourishing (besides GT right now). You want to know the difference between us & them. Its the quarterback. We currently do not have the right fit. Hopefully, the answer at that position is on campus or soon will be. It could be our current qb, lack of experience might just be our only obstacle. And who exactly are all these offensive NFL caliber players did our pro-style attack produce? The bottom line is the NFL will find you if you can play. McNabb was a star in the NFL for years. Guess what he ran at Syracuse. THE OPTION. He was a worse passer than some the ones I’ve seen come through the Flats. But he improved immensely & oh yeah, HE COULD PLAY!!!!!! Also, if by some wild chance you are right, then all defensive recruits should be lined up since we run a pro-style defensive. But let me guess, you are going to say it’s the wrong pro-style, right? Now what do you got, LOSER?

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
1:15 pm

I have know idea now what going to happen with UGA’s recruiting class i think everything is up in the air Bobo is gone it has hit a brick wall i am very angry with the way Richt has performed to be honest we don’t deserve these targets .

GT BABy

January 1st, 2011
1:54 pm

RRTDawgs- Nice run on sentence you idiot! You must be a Georgia fan dumb arse…

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

GT baby get a life Jackets are not any better is that all you Tech fans have is to criticize somebody typing lame insult dude .

charleston jacket

January 1st, 2011
2:14 pm

Bring O’Leary back! – He has beaten the mutts 4 out of 6 times. Does more with less and players play for him.

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
2:19 pm

Maybe the dawgs should look at O’Leary if you can’t beat him join him he is a really good coach .

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

Wrex,
Again, you offer opinions rather than facts. I have no idea why the AD dropped Alabama and Auburn, but I can bet you it has more to do with money and budgets than it does with being “afraid” to play good teams. You ask me to prove or disprove my claims, I provided the FACTS that I had available. FACT: GT Football players had the highest average SAT scores out of 53 public universities in 2007. FACT: GT reported a special admissions rate of 9% in 2005. YOUR OPINION: GT must lie about that number because you believe they do.

Just because the AVERAGE SAT score of GT football players is significantly lower than the AVERAGE SAT score of the typical GT student (which is the case at virtually every university, by the way), that doesn’t mean that the special admissions rate is higher. YOU ARE CLEARLY CONFUSING AVERAGES AND MINIMUM STANDARDS!!!!! Don’t stop though, because the more you try to mock GT athletics, the more people see right through your charade as a GT fan.

SoFla Jacket

January 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

Wrex is a troll with hatred of all things GT. CPJ had GT in their first ever BCS game last year. Wrex= what is your name on Tim Tucker’s blog?

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
3:12 pm

Wrex,
By your standard 95% of ALL football players at ALL schools are “special admits” meaning that if the a non-athlete submitted the same academics as an athlete at ANY school, he WOULD NOT BE ADMITTED!!!! Schools don’t admit ALL students that meet the minimum standards. Again, the FACT is that GT had the highest average SAT score for all public universities in 2007. Now, we don’t have data for the private universities because they don’t have to disclose it, being PRIVATE and all. Again, your arguments don’t make any sense, and it seems like you are arguing just to argue! The FACTS are that GT has higher academic standards than the average university in FBS football. The FACTS are that GT attracts many athletes that value their education above certain other factors (conference, stadium size, etc.). I will also admit that GT goes after many of the same athletes that may not have the highest academic just like many other schools. But we have in the past and will continue to pull scholarship offers for some guys that don’t qualify academically. And so GT has higher standards overall and this leads to higher average SAT scores for GT football.

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
4:04 pm

Hey bigtime i think Bama just might get Crowell now because i think McGarity is going to clean house UGA is a disaster .

GT Fan

January 1st, 2011
4:17 pm

I can’t see to find any headlines in on AJC.com ….

Can anyone tell me how George O’Leary and UCF did in their Bowl Game??

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
4:21 pm

@GT fan UCF 10 and UGA 6 a loosing record for Richt .

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

Wrex, yes, we agree on this. College athletics provides scholarships to many SAs that wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend those schools and some that wouldn’t be able to attend college at all. So… what’s your point exactly? I will say, however, that many of GT’s SA might not get into GT as non-athletes but probably could get into other universities with lower overall standards as non-athletes.

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
4:36 pm

By the way, I am a GT grad… been out 10 years.

GT BABy

January 1st, 2011
4:39 pm

RRTDouche- Learn how to write jerkoff!!

RambleOn84

January 1st, 2011
4:39 pm

Allow me to state the obvious.

A “special admit” is, by definition, a person admitted whose GPA/test scores fall below the MINIMUM requirements.

Tech allowed 9% and UGA allowed 94% of their football players in despite falling under the MINIMUM requirements.

To state that the average football player has lower scores than the average student means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. As you claim to be a Tech alum, you no doubt understand what an average is. 50% of the students will fall under that average, and 50% will be above.

Being under the average is not a “special admit” any more than any of the students who fall below that average (around 50% of the total student body) are “special admits.”

Dufus dawg

January 1st, 2011
4:42 pm

Not a single UCF player was offered by UGA.

UGAG Rules

January 1st, 2011
4:49 pm

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
5:18 pm

RambleOn84,
I tried to make that very point. I think we should give up on trying to have a meaningful conversation with this guy. He is just going to disparage GT’s football coach, football players, AD, and fans, all while claiming to be a GT fan. For my New Years Resolution, I may just post a list of some of his statements after every negative entry he makes, which show that if he is really a GT fan, he has a serious case of self-loathing.

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
5:23 pm

RambleOn84,
This is one of my favorite Wrex quotes… he actually said this today.
“since I was the one of the FEW that was warning GT Fans during those first-2 CPJ years, that even though we won “20 games in 2 seasons”, that trouble was on the horizon,”

Rodney Dangerfield

January 1st, 2011
5:38 pm

Come on Wrex, read RambleOn’s post. Special admits have nothing to do with comparing SAT cores between SA’s and non SA’s. I know you hate GT football and would do anything to backup your misinformed opinion, but GTfan and RambleOn made the point clear. But I guess there point doesn’t back up your opinion so you chose to ignore it.

WREX = TROLL

Rodney Dangerfield

January 1st, 2011
5:39 pm

chose = choose for the grammer nazis with no life.

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
5:54 pm

That is what GT Baby is a grammer Nazi with no life why do you care get over your self and stop acting like a little baby .

GTfan2011

January 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

Wrex,
revisionist history is easy to write. “I told blah, blah, blah, and look what happened.”
When we went 8-5 in 2008 and beat UGA for the first time in 7 years, what did you say about GT football? Did you say we were gonna get worse, or did you say that the next year we would win the ACC championship and then get worse? In 2009, after we lost to UGA, did you tell everyone that you were so right and that there was no way we could beat Clemson the next week. Or did you actually say that we might win the ACC Championship, but we’d get worse after that?

Again you have all the answers, and you are the expert on entrance requirements for GT football players and GT’s football future. Based on an earlier comment, I would say if you are a GT fan (which I am still not totally convinced of), you are probably still a student. Don’t take this the wrong way b/c I don’t mean it as a personal attack if you are a GT student, but you definitely lack a maturity, humility, and sense of perspective and history that someone older would bring. I notice that you aren’t willing to admit when you don’t know something and you don’t know the difference between fact and opinion… in fact it almost seems like you think your opinion IS fact. Its Ok… a lot of college kids are like this.

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

1-eyed Jack: “not a single GT commit was offered by UGA or Bama or FL” What does that mean. Based on what has happened at UGA, Tech certainly would not want their players. The kid who is the topic of this article has options. He has an academic future which virtually all kids who go to UGA, Bama, and FL do not have. I would worry if Tech kids had offers from any SEC school other than Vandy. Tech does not want SEC-level players because SEC players are all dumb enough to think they are going to get NFL contracts which proves they are mentally deficient. The mentally deficient do not go to Tech.

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
6:34 pm

Lord, please keep CMR and all 5 star players at UGA.

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
6:37 pm

The state’s # 1 player not interested in any SEC school. I love reading the BS in this blog on why that is. I read a note three years ago about a kid that turned down a scholly to Stanford to play at UGA. That kid is a fool.

Delbert D.

January 1st, 2011
7:07 pm

Nobody seems to have figured this out, but Georgia Tech and Alabama agreed to move their scheduled set of games to some future dates which allowed Alabama to play Michigan in the 2012 opener in Cowboys Stadium.

Ramblin Man

January 1st, 2011
8:12 pm

Wrex,
Now I know you are in no way a GT fan if you are now saying that GT fixes the numbers to show a lower number of special admits. I also in no way said UGA was the only school that did it, but found it interesting that you felt the need to defend them. You really need to get a hobby to maybe get rid of some of this negative look at all thing related to GT. I notice you avoided spinning the fact that I showed you GT has actually recruited better number wise for Rivals since CPJs arrival. Oh and if you look at future OOC you will see that Bama is still listed in I believe 2019. I also believe that was something decided between the schools and unless you are stalking CPJ how do you know he had anything to do with the schedule change? I also was unaware that Auburn was removed from the OOC nor did I see them listed. I thought the next two SEC schools on the OOC rotation was Bama and USC, but I could be wrong because I foolishly have a life and do not live and breath GT football daily and have to rely on them to keep me happy.

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
8:47 pm

Funny how this “crime” thing works. UGA players spend a lot of time in jail with the same kind of criminals that supposedly attack Tech kids. Which position would you rather be in ? Running from them or in the same cell with them ?

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
8:58 pm

No matter how bad this UGA team is we all know that in July we will begin to read the 2011 version of the
“Koolaid Newsletter” (right here on these blogs) where lunatics will again predict, just like daffodils in the spring, that UGA will go 10-2 or better and get into a BCS bowl. I remember some great examples back in August such as (even with a freshman quarterback) ” UGA Gets off to a fast start with wins over SC and several other Sept opponents” and also “The great Phil Steele (who’s that ?) said that UGA will average over 30 per game” or “UGA has the best offensive line in the nation”. That Koolaid is powerful stuff.

just facts

January 1st, 2011
9:06 pm

it is great to get on a tech blog and right off the bat get the chance to read a post by a typically stupid uga fan
hey …CPJ speaks from the heart…”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”
in your brilliant post, exactly who or what is gtu? if you are gonna try to make fun of gt then dont be so stupid!

wreckmaniac

January 1st, 2011
9:07 pm

George OLeary owns UGA. Owns ‘em. The greatest day in UGA history was when Notre Dame decided to take OLeary from Tech.

RRTDawgs

January 1st, 2011
9:36 pm

Just saw a picture of X. Dickson with a interesting look he had a UGA cap on his head then Bama and AU stacked on top Chip maybe you talk about this on 10@Ten Jay Rome ready decide .

pcbmike

January 1st, 2011
10:34 pm

UGA, 2nd best Bulldogs in the SEC.

bigtime

January 2nd, 2011
1:27 am

I sure hope that X. Dickson, M. Mitchell, I. Crowell and G. Wright was watching Bama dominate in the Citrus Bowl today. They can come to Bama and join a real dream team instead of being a part of yet another gimmick by a coach grasping for straws at this point. UGA would be wise to get CGP from TCU before someone else gets him. How long is UGA going to let Richt drive the car while he’s asleep at the wheel ? This team has looked flat and lacked motivation all year. Blame it on AJ if you want but the coach is where that responsibility lies. ROLL TIDE