Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson races to meet newest recruit, Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt

Notre Dame's loss was Georgia Tech's gain (Photo provided by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl).

Notre Dame's loss was Georgia Tech's gain (Photo provided by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl).

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson didn’t waste any time with greeting his newest recruit, Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt.

Johnson rearranged his travel plans to meet in person with Tuitt on Wednesday afternoon. One day earlier, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end switched his commitment from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech.

“Coach Johnson just welcomed Stephon to the Georgia Tech family,” Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg said. “[Johnson] didn’t say anything Notre Dame, or about the issue of Tuitt switching his commitment. That never came up. They talked strictly about Georgia Tech.”

They met for about an hour and were joined by athlete Demontevious Smith, Tuitt’s high school teammate and fellow Georgia Tech commitment. Smith picked Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech last weekend.

“Coach Johnson shook both of their hands and congratulated both on being Yellow Jackets,” Fligg said. “The rest of the time, they talked about [football] war stories and their futures at Georgia Tech. The visit went really well.”

Fligg said Tuitt looked like an entirely different person at school on Wednesday. “There was so much pressure on this young man. He was very relieved [for the switch] to Georgia Tech to be over with. He was very happy.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

68 comments Add your comment

Ramblin Man

January 19th, 2011
8:18 pm

Looks solid for any ND fan holding out hope. Good to see two good friends get to spend thier college years together and playing on the same field. I have a mental image of CPJ racing toward Tuitt with open arms and scaring the hell out of him.

Ramblin Man

January 19th, 2011
8:18 pm

I even get to make this stupid comment.
FIRST

Worm

January 19th, 2011
8:23 pm

good pick-up for Tech…

GT ATW

January 19th, 2011
8:26 pm

Tremendous job by CPJ and his staff landing Truitt and what is growing into a very impressive 2011 recruiting class. Let’s keep up the pressure, finish strong and land a couple more blue chippers!

Rut Roh

January 19th, 2011
8:29 pm

Gee, I wonder why the topic of switching his commitment didn’t come up? Hypocrite…

Plax

January 19th, 2011
8:29 pm

Well this is just ONE player can we get anymore? Maybe a 4 star player?

GT

January 19th, 2011
8:30 pm

Tuit can win for the whole team he needs some team mates! We can’t stop recruiting now we need other like him!

Gen. Forrest

January 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

Where are all of the naysayers/pups who kept ranting about how CPJ can’t recruit??? They are strangely silent all of the sudden, lol. It’s shaping into potentially one of the best recruiting classes in school history. Most will red-shirt next season, but 2012 is suddenly looking to be a VERY interesting season for both GT and UGA.

gt4ever

January 19th, 2011
8:45 pm

Gen. One or two football players does not make a good recruiter… If he can recruit like this every year, then I would have to say I’m wrong…… To date, he has NOT recruited well. Period… You don’t win against big time football teams with the guys he is recruiting….

Ramblin Man

January 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

For those who have not seen highlight tape of Demon here it is. I admit there are some pass plays I did not like, but the kid can run and elude. Looks like a good back up QB or maybe a kick/punt returner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpK8UgQyc0k

Ramblin Man

January 19th, 2011
8:57 pm

gt4ever,
What is so bad about his current or past recruiting classes? True there are some questionable ones on the list, but he has recruited some good talent. Smith, Bostic, Burnett, Finch, Sweeting, Jackson, Attaochu, Ayers, Days x2, McCoy, Green, Williams, Young, Tuitt, Lee, Chamberlain, Joe, T. Jackson, Milton, McNair, Noble, Mason ect. ect…..

smh

January 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

@Gen.Forrest…you say this is shaping up to be one of the best recruiting classes in school history? WOW! I really hope not. I believe Tuitt will be a great player, he’s a stud but it looks like he may be one of the only studs in the class. Best in school history? Maybe the bar hasn’t been set too high in the past. Let me be clear, I am not a Tech basher at all, but landing one STUD doesn’t make one a noteworthy recruiter. Congrats to Tech for landing a MONSTER in Stephon Tuitt.

say what??????

January 19th, 2011
9:13 pm

gt4ever, when has Boise State, TCU, or even Utah every had a class full of four star recruits. They do get mostly two star players. Last time I looked they were competing with, as you say, “big time football teams.” Tech is never going to land a class full of four and five star kids, because quite frankly, many of them don’t make the grades to get into the school. I’m not even a Tech fan, but I think your expectations are a little out of whack. CPJ made two ACC championship games in three years, and won one. I think they are in pretty good hands.

George Stein

January 19th, 2011
9:21 pm

Rut Roh, do you have any idea what hypocrite means?

Bitter vince dooly

January 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

BIG AS—- PICK UP for ga. tech

tech will be ACC champs again this year!!!! stay in state ga. boy’s and kick as—

Ramblin Man

January 19th, 2011
9:31 pm

George he was actually given the definition once before and yet failed again.

Bitter vince dooly

January 19th, 2011
9:32 pm

what does it mean when coach’s start leaving?????ask cmr

well done

January 19th, 2011
9:33 pm

Nice job by Paul and the staff to get several quality recruits this week. Tuitt makes this class special, and with the addition of Darian Cooper…we will be set on the D line. Lets sign 25 this year and head into the spring practice knowing that plenty of talent is on the way. Go Jackets!

RAID

January 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

As much as it pains me to say so, great pick up for you guys…….Go Dawgs

CPJ speaks from the heart

January 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

I am a hypocrite, That is all.

George Stein

January 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

Oh ok, Ramblin Man. Thanks.

Seriously, this is getting old. It’s only hypocritical if Johnson says other coaches can’t recruit his committed players (he hasn’t and he could not enforce it anyway) or Johnson himself is taking official or unofficial visits (he hasn’t and it would be awfully strange if a dude in his mid 50’s was being recruited to play college ball). More importanly, hypocrisy is not a substantive arguement. It’s just one that losers play when they don’t like someone or something.

Timmy

January 19th, 2011
10:02 pm

Thank you, George Stein. As you point out, PJ is not telling other coaches they can’t recruit players who have verbally committed. He is simply telling the players beforehand that verbally committing to Georgia Tech means you are done with your visits. It’s up to other coaches to have similar policies. He is going to continue to recruit other players even if they have verbally committed elsewhere (like Tuitt) because he would be putting himself at an unfair advantage not to, with all the other coaches doing it.

The kids who commit know what they are getting in to. If you aren’t completely sure about your commitment, then hold out until you are.

Kelly

January 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

I am glad to see GT and CPJ getting ink for good recruits. CPJ has won mostly with the talent brought in my Chan, but he has certainly coached them up. I hope the men he is recruiting turn out to be good players for the Institute and good representatives of the Institute. I like to win, and I hate to see our players being arrested or ruled academically ineligible.

Yeah!!

January 19th, 2011
10:13 pm

Welcome to Tech Mr Tuitt and Smith!
We look forward to seeing you remaking this defense, along with the other young bees in tow to bring the 3-4 up to snuff.
You knew PJ was sick of either:
A) Winning close games because his offense scored every time
B) Losing because his defense couldn’t give his offense a break

Defense was and is our biggest weakness. PJ has brought in some solid talent along both lines, and secured depth in the back 7 as well. Not to mention some athletes at WR and a QB in Vad Lee who can put up numbers akin to Joe Hamilton.
This is a great and extremely underrated class.

Mama Says

January 19th, 2011
10:19 pm

Amen George, CPJ ask his recruits to mean what they say. To be a hypocrite he would have to offer a recruit a spot and then HE himself would have to pull back the offer later, thus doing what he does not allow another to do !

richard in austin

January 19th, 2011
10:35 pm

TUITT “I am 100% COMMITTED” Back to ND
I got a chance to talk to the head coach and my DL coach and my defensive coordinator.

I feel like I got some things off my chest. Some things about the college and some of the little things and big things.

They answered all my questions.

I finally have some closure.

I’m 100%.

surfriderr

January 19th, 2011
10:41 pm

CPJ/Staff’s first two years we won a lot of the closer games. This last year we lost some of those games and we key injuries and Nesbitt did’nt play spring ball. With this type of recruiting, an improved defense and a passing game that can hit 60% of say 15 to 25 passes a game this program will be unstoppable. Good job Tech/staff.

blazer

January 19th, 2011
10:45 pm

byars 6-4 260 de from s.c. Tech is high on his list get him!!

JJ

January 19th, 2011
10:47 pm

NOT SO FAST! Tuitt switched back to ND!

gt fan

January 19th, 2011
10:50 pm

he switched…fml…

Atl_Dawg

January 19th, 2011
10:52 pm

This kid is way too dramatic.. switched back to ND. Watch out tomorrow; he’ll be back to Tech.

JJ

January 19th, 2011
10:54 pm

makes you wonder what coach fligg was promi$ed to force a GT commitment. The same coach that allegedly took cash out of an athletic fund improperly at his last job

GTBlogScott

January 19th, 2011
10:57 pm

TUITS HAS NOW SWITCH BACK TO NOTRE DAME (some reports tonight), after in-home visit from Brian Kelly

GTfan2011

January 19th, 2011
10:57 pm

Wow, just wow….what can you say? Wish he’d go visit ND right now and tell me how a winter of snowy and temps in the teens feels. Oh well, good luck at ND Mr. Tuitt.

Tech Nut

January 19th, 2011
10:59 pm

It seemed clear all along that he wanted to go to ND. His coach wanted him to go to GT but he followed his heart. Just another disappointing recruiting story for us. I am beginning to lose hope, we can’t compete with these guys.

richard in austin

January 19th, 2011
11:00 pm

Tuitt re-commits to Irish
Tribune Staff Report

A day after changing his commitment from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech, Stephon Tuitt has switched back to the Irish, his mother confirmed Wednesday night.

“He is done with recruiting,” Tamara Tuitt said Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Tuitt, from Monroe, Ga., is ranked as the No. 22 player nationally by
Tuitt met Wednesday night with Irish head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, defensive line coach Mike Elston and secondary coach Chuck Martin.

Realist

January 19th, 2011
11:09 pm

The kid wants to come to TECH. His momma wants him to goto ND… Some one needs to ask Brian Kelly how much they paid her… This is just disappointing… We just cannot catch a break.. This fa..gs aren’t gonna win any crap.. What the hell did they do with all the talent for the last 20 yrs.. nothing… Down the drain.. here we go again!! Disappointed……..

God this just isn’t fair…

RV

January 19th, 2011
11:10 pm

Too bad tech! Tuitt recommitted tonight to the Irish after an in-home visit by the ND staff including Coach Kelly.

STINGER

January 19th, 2011
11:29 pm

Screw it Tuit at Notre Lame you will never never do it.

Former Atlanta Resident

January 19th, 2011
11:30 pm

Back home with Notre Dame. Go Irish!

JMar

January 19th, 2011
11:31 pm

This is highly embarrassing for CPJ.

GTBob

January 19th, 2011
11:39 pm

Well, if CPJ is consistent (and hopefully he is) then this kills any chance of Tuitt playing at GT. Good luck at Notre Dame, its still a fine choice. Assuming he actually ends up there.

Tech Fan 101

January 19th, 2011
11:52 pm

ND literally uses GT as their poop rag. Remember when they came and stole O’Leary from us only to fire him 24 hours later. The just run all over us. We will always stand in their shadow. Screw ND It sucks out loud but at least I can admit it. I love PJ……but I’m not sure how long he’ll last. Oh well…..

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!

Rut Roh

January 19th, 2011
11:54 pm

Rodney Dangerfield

January 20th, 2011
12:00 am

How is this embarrassing for CPJ? More like a wishy washy kid who doesn’t know what he wants to do. Sounds like I could sell him some beach front property in Utah if I tried real hard.

borromini

January 20th, 2011
12:00 am

Come on guys…you can’t blame him for finally coming to his senses. I mean seriously…GT getting a 5-star recruit? Ain’t gonna happen…not in the cards…the stars aren’t aligned that way.

Former ND All American, Justin Tuck who now plays DE for the NY Giants is from Georgia so you know this kid believes he can make it in South Bend. The Irish are going to have a killer D for the next few years.

Jamie's dad

January 20th, 2011
12:07 am

You guys doing spin control for CPJ are amusing. The man instills a policy enforcing “your word is bond” and then actively tries to convince other young men to break their commitments. You can argue semantics all you want but that right there sends the wrong message and there isn’t any way around it. I’m not going to say this is justice but unless you respect someone’s commitment elsewhere you can’t expect those committed to you to respect his. That right there is the game and very few coaches play it like Johnson chose to. And, as a result, very few look as silly as he does right now. His is an ideal policy. It just isn’t realistic.

1mulligan

January 20th, 2011
12:15 am

Congrats Stephon, Notre Dame is a great school with unmatched spirit, tradition, character, and graduation rates. Four strong wins to finish this season and the Irish are well on their way back. You are smart to be a part of this by joining a Top 5 recruiting class, and the best front 7 of recruits in the country. Enjoy being a member of the Notre Dame family – for the rest of your life – Go Irish !!!

GTBob

January 20th, 2011
12:17 am

Come on guys…you can’t blame him for finally coming to his senses

Finally came to his senses? LOL. He was committed to GT for one day. He said that was where his heart was the whole time. Unfortunately his mom thinks otherwise.

jasont13

January 20th, 2011
12:18 am

borromini- Justin Tuck is from Alabama not Georgia.