5-star DE Stephon Tuitt thought more about Georgia Tech before signing with Notre Dame (UPDATED)

The battle between Georgia Tech and Notre Dame over Monroe Area’s Stephon Tuitt officially ended in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.

tuittstephonmonroeareagaheadshotThe 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

144 comments Add your comment

Phil

February 2nd, 2011
11:06 am

jjj

February 2nd, 2011
11:06 am

chip can you give us an update on Kent Turene

CHARLOTTE DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
11:20 am

Quick PJ….pull his scholarship so you can say you didn’t want him anyway. YOu smug little man!

MRBIGUNS

February 2nd, 2011
11:23 am

Well, I’m finally glad to see that his mother signed with Notre Dame, excuse I meant Stephon signed with Notre Dame. He won’t last long up there in that bitter cold and he will hate his mother for it. BIG MISTAKE for him. He should have stayed in state and played at UGA or GT..

Ramblin Man

February 2nd, 2011
11:24 am

oh well hope this was what he wanted and not just for mom. Good luck to him he had a bright future either way.

GTBob

February 2nd, 2011
11:28 am

I didn’t expect another flip after his mom layed down the law. Good luck to Tuitt. I hope he ends up being a major player at ND and can put the recruiting embarassment behind him.

Charlie

February 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

There’s talk that ND might move Tuitt to OT. Wish him the best, he would have been a star DE for Tech.

RiffRaff

February 2nd, 2011
11:34 am

Kent Turene commits to UGA.

MiamiJacket

February 2nd, 2011
11:35 am

Did the LOI have his mother’s signature on it or his?

DC DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
11:45 am

lol – any defensive player that signs to play for that moron diaco is digging his own grave

Chip Towers

February 2nd, 2011
12:35 pm

jjj: Story posted on Turene. Signed with UGA.

Johns Creek

February 2nd, 2011
12:46 pm

Stephon Tuitt signing today with ND was only a surprise to those people who didn’t read the many news stories and direct interviews with Tuitt himself over the past 5-6 days in which he clearly stated that he would be signing with ND, along with four other ND recruits (the Atkinson twins, Rabasa and Hegarty)in a ceremony this morning in Austin, TX at the US vs World All-Star game.

Denny Ogburn

February 2nd, 2011
1:56 pm

Maybe Tuitt’s Mom was more interested in graduation rates (as a mom should be) and went with ND’s 96% graduation rate for football players compared to GT’s 49% (2009 results). ND is not moving Tuitt to offense.

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February 2nd, 2011
4:41 pm

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Tech Forever

February 2nd, 2011
5:33 pm

This just in. Stephon Tuitt has been downgraded to a 3 star by Rivals. In a related story, his Mom has been upgraded to a 5 star.

Buzzzed

February 2nd, 2011
8:07 pm

I am hearing that Tuitt will be home sick and will transfer and have to sit out a season.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

February 2nd, 2011
8:59 pm

Only lowly bug fans would make fun of a mother looking out for her son. He signed with Notre Dame people. I can’t believe he even considered the concrete waste land of GT. Smart kid

Mothers know best

February 2nd, 2011
9:00 pm

Hope mom is happy now! Poor kid.

Dense Fooley

February 2nd, 2011
9:03 pm

You could tell HE wanted Tech and his mother wanted ND.. I mean he was reconsidering today? Maybe his mom picks up NBC really clear on her bunny ears.

bixley

February 2nd, 2011
9:05 pm

Has Dexter Staley, #16 ranked 4* OLB, signed with anyone. Couldn’t find it if he has. UGA offered.

Buzzzed

February 2nd, 2011
9:18 pm

I am interested in knowing what Tuitt/mom thought ND had to offer vs. Tech regarding the list mentioned in this article. Tech should find out too so they can counter the propaganda the next time we go against ND.

JP

February 2nd, 2011
9:19 pm

Who cares…good chance you never hear about him again, plenty of 5 star busts!!

Duluth Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
9:25 pm

You Techies need to show some class. Tuitt is a good guy, and you guys should wish him well. I guess you get your nastiness from your arrogant coach. Based on the sorry recruiting class CPJ (aka Turkey Neck) signed, he should be full of fried fish and humble pie.

Nine of 10 with more to come after today’s terrific UGA recruiting class.

Rut Roh

February 2nd, 2011
9:30 pm

WTG, Stephon. Stick it to ‘em one more time. LMAO….

hind tit

February 2nd, 2011
9:41 pm

This young man i think is not very convincing about where he wants to go. I don’t think this was his number one but moms. If your not happy where your at you want play well. Probably a transfer is in his future.

richard in austin

February 2nd, 2011
9:51 pm

excited to have stephon at nd, he will have a great career

NRBQ

February 2nd, 2011
9:53 pm

Tech grad, Hind Tit?

You spell like one.

jimbo Georgia

February 2nd, 2011
10:08 pm

Stephon will be a national star at ND and soon. 49% graduation rate at GT is a crime against GA kids and his Mother figured it out. Tech fans should also. Recruiting is a young man’s game, PJ better adapt.

K

February 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

Big hairy deal!

Realist

February 2nd, 2011
10:31 pm

If only we could offer lame ass degrees like ND does we could get our graduation rate close to 100… As an alumni I am proud of our high standards and not every Tom, Dick & harry can graduate with a degree from it… I am happy for Tuitt and wish him all the very best..

UGA fans: Mark Richt better pull off a good season or his ass is gonna get fired… You guys had an awesome recruiting class and finishing in the Top 10 which is not new to you guys… Anyway, I still feel that the ‘Dream Team’ is gonna be a huge bust… Try to keep them from getting locked up… Good luck with that… Tech runs a Conventional offense and doesn’t need 5* all over the field.. what we desperately need is hardworking kids with the attitude to earn everything the right way…

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

February 2nd, 2011
10:31 pm

gobble gobble turkey neck….

Jarrett

February 2nd, 2011
10:49 pm

The 49% graduation rate for football players is much higher than the general student body graduation % (I would guess roughly 33%). GT is a hard enough school to get into, but an even harder school to GET OUT of. This is what separates us (sometimes in a bad way) from other elite academic institutions in this country.

GT Fan

February 2nd, 2011
10:52 pm

Blackouts, Intentional Celebration Penalities, wearing Grambling uniforms, Dream Team …….. What will Mark Richt’s next “Gimmick” be???

Man-UP CARPET BOY!!

TechGrad

February 2nd, 2011
10:58 pm

Wow. It’s hard to believe dawg fans are on here trying to lecture us about having class. Just . . . WOW!!

Sven Ottke

February 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

Calling a guy Turkey Neck, then saying “show some class.” Duluth Dog, you are a loser. Did any of you clowns stop to think that a school with a 95% grad rate may be giving away a few degrees and the one with the 45% may not just usher you through?

Jacket Man

February 2nd, 2011
11:36 pm

Two points; 1st, I understand that Stephon’s LOI may be invalid and will have to be resubmitted. It may have been signed before today and then sent in today after his mother signed it. Not confirmed of course. If it’s the case, the easy remedy is for Stephon to simply redo the LOI when he gets home, unless of course, he changes his mind and decides he wants to sign with GA Tech after all.

My second point, which may upset most GA Tech fans, is that, while I would love to have Stephon on our team, I think it may be the best thing for him to get as far away from his mother as humanly possible; it will be the only way he’ll have a chance to grow up to be the terrific young man I think he’s destined to be. I think if he ended up in Atlanta, there would be a good chance he’d be looking over his shoulder with his mother chirping in his ear every weekend, just like now. I’d hate to stunt Stephon’s growth as a man any more than she has up to this point.

Art Vandelay

February 2nd, 2011
11:41 pm

I doubt Tuitt will follow in my footsteps and be an architect. Which degree do ya think holds more weight with big time companies: a non-engineering degree from GT….or ANY degree from Notre Dame?

Realist???

February 2nd, 2011
11:42 pm

Who the heyall yanked your chain?

THWGT!!!!!

Steve

February 3rd, 2011
12:01 am

Love the sour grapes from all you disillusioned Techies about Tuitt signing with ND. He has been in ND’s corner for months, and with the exception of a bit of waffling a couple of weeks ago, has been Irish all the way. Leave the kid alone. He endured three years of hell on the field, including 0-20 in ‘08 and ‘09 before helping lead Monroe Area to a 10-2 mark. He will be a success in South Bend.

And he won’t have to worry about getting robbed on every corner in Indiana…….

Tech Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:12 am

Notre Dame is an excellent school. That said, the academic programs in the engineering and business fields are not on par with Ma Tech. Good luck to Stephon! And, as the Monroe Area coaches will tell you, dealing with Mom might prove to be a bit much for Coach Johnson.

Looking forward to seeing the Dream Team on the sod at Grant Field. Pretty funny…dream team. Isn’t every year a “dream” year at UGA? Easy dream while sitting in a UGA classroom or a Clark County Correctional facility.

Tokyo jacket

February 3rd, 2011
2:34 am

Mr. Vandelay, I thought you were in latex as I recall?

Anyway, best to Tuitt. He’s a good kid and didn’t do anything bad. He just had a hard time making up his mind. I wish he had come to Tech where he could’ve made an instant impact. But, that’s how the cookie crumbles I suppose. Maybe we’ll pull in a slightly better class next year.

Tokyo jacket

February 3rd, 2011
2:36 am

Chip, do you have any feel for how much a win affects the quality of the visits during the year? I can’t help but think our home record might have hurt us a smidge during the year. Thoughts?

Ted Striker

February 3rd, 2011
3:57 am

Tuitt was married to Notre Dame for a very long time and Tech had a one night stand with him. You’d think from some of these comments it’s the other way around. Jealousy is an ugly emotion. Get some class.

Stinger2

February 3rd, 2011
4:01 am

No comments necessary. Tuitt choose ND. End of story

Dawg-Hatin' Jacket

February 3rd, 2011
6:49 am

@Buzzzed – The answer to your question about what ND has to offer that Tech doesn’t is simple: more $$$$$.

techster

February 3rd, 2011
6:50 am

NO SOUR GRAPES – HE MAY END UP AT TECH AFTER ALL IN A YEAR A TWO. IS THE DREAM TEAM GOING TO WEAR BLACK JERSEYS AND HELMETS AND BEEN PROMISED NO WORRIES ABOUT VICTORY DANCES IN THE END ZONE THAT RESULTS IN PENALTIES? GOOD LUCK DAWGS.

Apples II Oranges

February 3rd, 2011
6:53 am

Sounds like his momma wrote down the pro’s and con’s for the young man. When the rubber meets the road my gut would tell me if it where up to him he would be at Tech, but his momma thinks its Apples II Oranges. To bad for the kid.

techster

February 3rd, 2011
6:53 am

GOOD COMMENT ON GETTING AWAY FROM MOM – THAT MAY BE THE BEST ANSWER FOR TRUITT – GOOD LUCK SON

Davis

February 3rd, 2011
7:12 am

Amen Techster…. I strongly beleive he will be playing back down here in Georgia somewhere before his 4-5 years are over.

Hopefully

February 3rd, 2011
7:26 am

Hopefully his mama will get a two bedroom place near ND so sonny doesn’t have to sleep on at mat at the foot of her bed.