The battle between Georgia Tech and Notre Dame over Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt officially ended in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.
The 5-star defensive end signed his letter-of-intent with the Fighting Irish on Wednesday morning in ceremony in Austin, Texas, with other U.S. Under-19 football team members participating in Team USA vs. The World game, which was played ater that night.
“I’m glad I’m here on signing day,” Tuitt told the AJC in a telephone interview. “It has been a great experience getting to do this, playing against some of the best players in the country.”
Tuitt revealed last week that he wouldn’t have his signing ceremony at Monroe Area until Friday. It led to speculation that Tuitt might flip again from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech, which he had done earlier this month.
Tuitt confessed that Georgia Tech had been on his mind over the past few days.
“It was getting to the point where it was about time to sign the papers,” Tuitt said. “This is a four-year decision I have to make. I thought about Georgia Tech a few more times, and wrote down the pros and cons of both schools.
“After comparing them, I decided that Notre Dame had a lot more to offer me as a student-athlete. As of [Tuesday], I was sure of my decision and I’m glad I made it.”
Tuitt said it was tough turning down Georgia Tech. “It’s a great school. I had a great time whenever I talked with their coaches or went to a game. They showed me a lot of love. I wish them the best.”
Here’s some video from YouTube.com of Tuitt and other Notre Dame recruits singing their LOIs in Austin:
– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting