Stephon Tuitt drops Tech, switches back to Notre Dame

Stephon Tuitt has switched his commitment back to Notre Dame.

The five-star defensive end from Monroe Area High School, who flipped from the Fighting Irish in order to commit to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, confirmed to the AJC late Wednesday night that he flipped back to Notre Dame. Elapsed time on the de-commit/re-commit: About 30 hours.

“What a day!” Tuitt said.

Tuitt said he had a change of heart after Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and several defensive coaches made an in-home visit Wednesday night.

“They just told the truth,” he said when asked what changed his mind. “They didn’t say anything negative about Georgia Tech or anything like that. They just told the truth about what Notre Dame could do for me and what I could do at Notre Dame..”

Tuitt said he “had a few questions I needed to get off my chest.” Asked what those questions were, he said, “just some little things and some big things. I had some questions about the class they have coming in and some about the school and some about the coaching staff. Things like that.”

Afterward, Tuitt said he and his mother re-affirmed his commitment to sign with Notre Dame on national signing day. Then he called Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson.

“It was terrible,” Tuitt said of that phone call. ‘He was disappointed. He said he knows it’s a business. I don’t think he was mad at me necessarily, just very disappointed. He’s a great coach and Georgia Tech has a great future. It’s just going to be without me.”

Asked whether there was any chance he might change his mind again, Tuitt said no. “I should be solid to signing day.”

Tuitt’s mother, Tamara Bartlett, was clearly a catalyst in the decision.

“I never changed my mind in the first place,” she said of her son de-committing to Notre Dame. “Stephon did. The reason he was wavering back and forth all boils down to him not wanting to hurt anybody’s feelings. He had developed relationships with all these coaches and didn’t want to disappoint them. But somebody’s going to have to be disappointed and today it’s Georgia Tech. Tomorrow it’s going to be Georgia Tech and the next day it’s going to Georgia Tech because recruiting stops now.”

For his part, Tuitt went out of his way to praise Georgia Tech and its football program.

“To be able to go to Notre Dame is just a special opportunity,” he said. “Georgia Tech is also a great school; that’s why I was second-guessing. I love Georgia Tech and their coaching staff. But this is a life decision.”

It’s not like Georgia Tech took Tuitt’s commitment for granted. Johnson rearranged his travel schedule so he could go to Monroe Area High School and meet with Tuitt and fellow Tech commitment Demontevious Smith earlier in the day Wednesday.

Of course, national signing day is still 13 days away. Lest we forget — verbal commitments are non-binding.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

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Columbus

January 20th, 2011
12:37 am

momma tuitt

January 20th, 2011
12:37 am

I will be making all the decisions for my son for the rest of his life

GTBob

January 20th, 2011
12:38 am

I hope the More coming momentarily. . . . includes how his mom made the decision for him and actually called GT herself to tell them he was decommitting.

Realist

January 20th, 2011
12:39 am

Is it just me or even others sense something weird here.. He says his heart is with Tech.. His momma wants him to go to ND…. Hmm… it is tough when $$$$ are involved… I thought Brian Kelly was better than this… and the commintment of Lynch was the same way in which his momma made the call /commitment… ND is signing up for Death penalty for sure…

rincon dawg

January 20th, 2011
12:42 am

dang tech thats cold very cold.

ugh

January 20th, 2011
12:42 am

Mrs. Cecil Tuitt seems to have learned how to be more persuasive.

naganole

January 20th, 2011
12:44 am

LOL, so I guess he grew a set and will go compete with their other 5 DEs. Kudos to Tuitt, he’s more of a man than Lynch…

Realist

January 20th, 2011
12:45 am

Poor Lynch was forced into ND too… His momma made the call..

mmgtfan

January 20th, 2011
12:46 am

Enter your comments here

Patrick

January 20th, 2011
12:46 am

Ga Tech fans like to give low blows….UND is too good for that. But my boy plays for the Jackets basketball team so I’ll be in ATL for the FSU game!

mmgtfan

January 20th, 2011
12:47 am

This is not over yet. 2 weeks is a long time in the recruiting world right Mr. Towers?

rsol44

January 20th, 2011
12:49 am

from what i heard, he committed to Tech because he wanted his teammate Demontevious Smith to get an offer from the school. Also looks to me like his high school coach was pushing him to Tech while his mom was pushing him to ND. Although it should be said that it was his mom pushed him to consider other schools even after he made his ND verbal back in the fall. If she really was all in love with ND and if she really is the dragon lady the commenters here believe, I don’t see her letting him visit other schools. Sad for Tech but I think the mom shouldn’t be blamed here.

David

January 20th, 2011
12:53 am

Mamma Tuitt getting paid.

dawgs01

January 20th, 2011
12:54 am

this sucks for tech i was looking forward to watching him play just not against us. I wish these top athletes would stay in state i know Tech and UGA cant get them all but i wish the top 15 would stay. i absolutely hate Notre Dame they are the most overrated football team on the earth.

Realist

January 20th, 2011
12:54 am

rom what i heard, he committed to Tech because he wanted his teammate Demontevious Smith to get an offer from the school. Also looks to me like his high school coach was pushing him to Tech while his mom was pushing him to ND. Although it should be said that it was his mom pushed him to consider other schools even after he made his ND verbal back in the fall. If she really was all in love with ND and if she really is the dragon lady the commenters here believe, I don’t see her letting him visit other schools. Sad for Tech but I think the mom shouldn’t be blamed here.
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Inaccurate D Smith committed even before Tuitt decision to flip to GT… Irrespective of Tuitt’s decision GT was going after D Smith who is a good athlete… Can play lot of positions.. QB, AB, Safety. His mom called CPJ and told him that Tuitt is going to ND… what does that tell you?? She made up her mind and was hoping he will fall in line with that… But Tuitt wanted GT and she didn’t like it… Apparently, the coach knows what is going on and he clearly states that in his interview..

Joe Pierce

January 20th, 2011
12:59 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

Who Cares

January 20th, 2011
1:02 am

Realist, if you had any sense at all, you would realize that his mom knows what a pathetic program and head coach Tech has to offer. No parent would want their kid to waste his talent at a program like Tech. The only reason the kid says his heart is with tech is because his loser of a high school coach has been telling him from day one to go anywhere but UGA. Tech has put alot of money in this clown’s pockets but in the end he lost control to the kid’s mother. Taz Anderson and the other corrupt Tech alumni just lost out to the MOM KNOWS BEST program. They should have learned from father Newton at Auburn.

GTBob

January 20th, 2011
1:05 am

From his previous comments and comments by others, it seems like he wanted to go to GT. I just hope for his sake that he is happy at Notre Dame and gets to play. He would have been the main defensive guy at GT and now he is competing with 6 other DE’s just in his signing class at Notre Dame. Notre Dame will more then likely try to make him into a DT. His mom might have put him into a situation he doesn’t really want to be in.

Daniel

January 20th, 2011
1:11 am

Tuitt’s mom is a joke. She needs to shut the **** up and let her son make his own decision.

Realist

January 20th, 2011
1:12 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!

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Who Cares

January 20th, 2011
1:02 am

Realist, if you had any sense at all, you would realize that his mom knows what a pathetic program and head coach Tech has to offer. No parent would want their kid to waste his talent at a program like Tech. The only reason the kid says his heart is with tech is because his loser of a high school coach has been telling him from day one to go anywhere but UGA. Tech has put alot of money in this clown’s pockets but in the end he lost control to the kid’s mother. Taz Anderson and the other corrupt Tech alumni just lost out to the MOM KNOWS BEST program. They should have learned from father Newton at Auburn.——————————————————–

You have to be a UGA fan… you sound real intelligent… After seeing a struggling team fight with relatively less talent and lose to UGA any one with some common sense will notice if we have a couple of play makers we can beat you guys every year… Period.. Assuming Mark Richt stays there (lol)

surfriderr

January 20th, 2011
1:13 am

Bobby Ross had one top 25 recruiting class at Tech and won the National Championship in 1990, and had two other classes min. that were excellent. Keith Brooking came in to Tech at what 205 lbs and ended up playing in NFL for several years….recruiting is fun to watch but as important is player development and attrition. Tech is showing some improvement after loosing it’s recruting head to NFL.

ccrider

January 20th, 2011
1:13 am

Who Cares , Joe Pierce and all Tech fans: Not one of you know what really happened and it doesn’t make much difference either way!
How many top prospects turn into top college players or pros. Stephon Tuitt is one defensive end out of hundreds and ONLY one recruit. If, any programs future hangs on one recruit, they are doomed anyway.
Ga. Tech might end up with Roderick Byers out of N. Carolina and he might turn out to be a better player than Tuitt. You all need to grow up and quit expecting your life to be changed by a high school student who is struggling with making a decision of where to go play football!

jadams

January 20th, 2011
1:16 am

you have got to be f…ing kidding me

GT12

January 20th, 2011
1:17 am

ND staff meets with Mama Tuitt late at night, then mama Tuitt is the one to call CPJ and decommit? Poor kid. Mama must’ve learned from the Newton’s. ($$$$$$$$)

Jason

January 20th, 2011
1:22 am

I think he has a better shot of making an impact than any of the other ND Defensive Ends. He has the physical tools. Plus a few of those Defensive ends are gonna be Linebackers at the college level. He is a beast and he could grow into being a Defensive tackle. At any rate i am glad he is back in the fold with Notre Dame but we will see what happens over the next couple weeks. Come on February 2nd. Here come the Irish!!!

Joe Pierce

January 20th, 2011
1:22 am

Yeah I forgot GT always has NFL talent on there teams lol NOT!!! No wonder Tuitt’s mom wanted him away from GT.

richard in austin

January 20th, 2011
1:24 am

welcome back to nd

Realist

January 20th, 2011
1:24 am

I still feel this will end the right way… I dont think Georgia Tech deserves this… 2 weeks is a lot of time for a 17 yr old kid and her mom with stacks of cash to make up their mind.. This kid is gonna stay instate..

ManUp...

January 20th, 2011
1:25 am

Wow…kids these days, am I right?

Bull

January 20th, 2011
1:26 am

Chip, the story says that CPJ made in home visit Wed morning (today) and ND coaches made in home visit Thursday….you mean last Thursday..before he committed to GT after his OV?

Man, that sucks for Tech. What’s the deal with his mom’s love for ND and having her son go way up north? Let him go where he wants…

thirdcoaster

January 20th, 2011
1:29 am

“This afternoon we called Notre Dame together and let them know that he is no longer committed there,” Tuitt’s high school coach, Matt Fligg, told JacketsOnline.com. “This is it for Stephon. He won’t be taking visits nor having coaches over to his house unless it is a Georgia Tech coach.”

and then we hear tonight from Tuitt’s mom: “He (Stephon) is done with recruiting.”

Looks like mom got pissed at coach.

Realist

January 20th, 2011
1:30 am

CPJ still has his in-home visit left. I think he went by the school to check on tuitt & D Smith… Assuming Tuitt’s mom lets him in, I still think the staff will try to talk some sense into her stone head… This is just a clear example of a greedy parent calling the shots and forcing him into something..

pcbmike

January 20th, 2011
1:31 am

dawgs01 – ND most overrated team around. All right, I found a Dawg fan I can agree with on football.

thirdcoaster

January 20th, 2011
1:32 am

@bull, CPJ visited wednesday and then later that same day, the nd coaches visited..

thirdcoaster

January 20th, 2011
1:37 am

honestly the kid sounds wishy washy to me. he verbals to nd and then he takes more visits afterwards to auburn and tennessee and tech and then he verbals to tech and then he re-verbals back to nd. not much of a decision maker there.

Time to Choose

January 20th, 2011
1:38 am

If the kid wants to really go to ND, then more power to him. If it’s his mother and 4 ND coaches pressuring him to do something he doesn’t want, he needs to man up and tell her what he wants out of life.
I like him as a player, but if he is so worried about hurting feelings and can’t make a choice about where he wants to go without momma making his choices, then I doubt he’ll be too ferocious on the field.

Hayseed Dixie

January 20th, 2011
1:39 am

It’s needless to say, but I think this kid’s got some maturity and momma issues.

Glad he won’t be working those out on The Flats.

Chip Towers

January 20th, 2011
1:41 am

Bull: Just a typo. It’s late, I’m tired and us newspaper types are always thinking about the next day. Should be fixed now. Good night.

gadawgfan0711

January 20th, 2011
1:41 am

i’m a dawg fan, but that is just messed up! I would much rather the kid go to GT and stay in state than go to ND. Maybe he changes his mind again and goes back to GT.

UGA

January 20th, 2011
1:41 am

Well it is the right decsion for Tuitt, ND is a program that has a coach that will win and if he isn’t going to Georgia than this is the best choice..Tech is good for 3 stars commits and you all know it.

Who Cares

January 20th, 2011
1:41 am

Realist, speaking of intelligence, why would someone that can’t face reality have a blog name called realist. Tech fans and tech have no clue when it comes to facing reality in college football. Tech and it’s high school coach, and it’s junior college football stadium, can only sit and watch as UGA, Bama, Fl, and other traditional big time schools recruit the top 100 players in the country. Sorry that Tech had it’s one time chance at securing a top recruit destroyed by Notre Dame of all schools. But don’t worry, your big time coach has many more top recruits knocking the doors down on north ave. wanting to come play for his high school program. Get a life you uneducated loser, tech and it’s coach will never attract big time players in the state of ga, and that is a fact. Go cry at the varsity with Taz Anderson, and try to figure out how much money he lost to this H.S. coach Fligg at monroe.HA! HA!

gadawgfan0711

January 20th, 2011
1:43 am

ND is not what it used to be!

ND46

January 20th, 2011
1:43 am

ND has 7 DE’s listed in their class, anyone with knowledge of ND recruiting knows that some DE’s listed are going to be switched to OL or OLB. Lynch, Tuitt, Rabassa at DE others are finding other positions…… and they know this coming into ND. How are we over-rated when Nd isnt even rated. Fact is they have the history other colleges dont……… Whos to say Tuitt doesnt want to go to ND? If he didnt then he wouldnt, plain and simple!!!

uga stan

January 20th, 2011
1:45 am

i love it glad too see tech get screw

ND46

January 20th, 2011
1:46 am

gotta realize these are 17-18 year old KIDS making LIFE decisions….. to call him wishy washy or whatever is stupid…. he is still a kid!!

Time to Choose

January 20th, 2011
1:54 am

And uga stan shows why dawg nation should be sterilized.

GoND

January 20th, 2011
1:55 am

Get your facts straight, GT. First of all, ND plays a 3-4, only a Nose and 2 D-ends. So, no, he won’t be playing DT because ND doesn’t have DTs. Second, ND only has 4 other recruits that are pegged to even possibly play d-end, not 6. Tuitt makes 5. And one of them played only O-line his Senior year. So, really, that is 3 other D-end recruits, 4 with Tuitt. Tuitt is the highest rated out of all of them and the most physically developed. Also, ND will only have 3 returning scholly DEs on their roster next year. Because of NDs offense style, other team will always have much longer time of possession so d will be on the field a lot. they rotate 4 d-ends per game that get as much field time per game as GTs starters, with their option ball control offense. Tuitt will be in the 2 deep from day 1. Bottom line:

ND = equal or more playing time, better complementary players (so less double teams), more winning, more publicity, full stadiums, national tv every week, better competition, more NFL exposure and, most importantly, worst case scenario of not making NFL, a far higher graduation rate (near 100% for ND vs. 50% for GT) higher post-graduation employment rate, higher avg salary.

kraussndhouse

January 20th, 2011
1:56 am

Really joe pierce…Tech put out 4 players in the first 3 rounds. Calvin Johnson? Tashard Choice?

AJ

January 20th, 2011
1:58 am

I’m guessing he will change his mind at least 4 more times between now and February, lol.

Time to Choose

January 20th, 2011
1:59 am

Go ND, nobody gives a flaming dump about ND. Not anyone under 50, at least. You were decent in 2006. Besides that you have stunk. Get over yourself. Play Tech again and watch us go 2007 on that you again.
krauss,
don’t bother. See uga stan’s comment earlier. You’re dealing with retards.