Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt says ‘there’s nothing Georgia Tech could’ve done better’

Stephon Tuitt signed with Notre Dame (Photo provided by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl).

Stephon Tuitt signed with Notre Dame (Photo provided by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl).

Stephon Tuitt was one of the state’s top recruiting dramas in 2011. The 5-star defensive end from Monroe Area High School initially pledged to Notre Dame but switched to Georgia Tech in mid-January. It lasted for about 30 hours as Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly quickly hopped on a plane to fly down to Georgia to convince Tuitt to commit again to Notre Dame, which Tuitt did, signing last February.

More than three months later, Tuitt was asked about his second choice. “If I didn’t go to Notre Dame, it would’ve been Georgia Tech. It came down to the point where it was … what my feelings were, talking to my family about them, looking for a brighter future, and that I felt more comfortable at Notre Dame. There’s nothing Georgia Tech could’ve done better. They recruited me very well.”

We asked the 6-foot-5, 260 pounder several other questions as part of our “Recruiting Rewind” series.

What was the funniest thing a college coach said to you? Coach Dabo Swinney told me that I could come to Clemson and play tight end. When I went to their 7-on-7 camp, I was playing running back [with my high school team] and he saw my hands. He said I could play tight end for Clemson, too, along with defensive end. I thought that was funny.

What was the most creative thing a college did to get your attention? It was Georgia with … what was that called? (pause) It was the “Dream Team.” I thought that was creative. They brought out an iPad and showed all the top players in the state that they wanted to sign. I liked it. No other school did anything like that.

Your biggest recruiting regret? Not taking a visit to a West Coast school. I think if I was able to go through it again, I would’ve taken a visit to the far West to see the playing style and the environment … one of the California schools. Who knows? I might’ve liked it out there.

How do you reflect on the recruiting process? It got crazy toward the end when it was finally time to sign the papers. There’s a lot of pressure on you. People think you ought to sign with other schools than the one you signed with. Other than that, I enjoyed the recruiting process and look forward to playing at the next level.

RELATED: NC State transfer says UGA will be one of his five visits (click here)

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95 comments Add your comment

Golden White

May 5th, 2011
6:36 am

Larry

May 5th, 2011
6:40 am

Just another traitor…good riddance!

richard in austin

May 5th, 2011
6:43 am

lots of excitement for DL class at ND for the fall, go irish

Dawg Consultant

May 5th, 2011
6:59 am

Its good to hear that UGA was very creative in its approach. We will have to maintain that “eye-catching” attitude if we hope to repeat last years recruiting success.

workinDawg

May 5th, 2011
7:02 am

Dawg Consultant, winning will cure all woe’s.

Luke

May 5th, 2011
7:16 am

UGA actually did offer him per Rivals. But don’t let the facts get in the way of just saying stuff Davis.

GT fan

May 5th, 2011
7:25 am

He was one of the best players in the state! Trust me, UGA offered him!

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
7:29 am

Who cares about this guy. He chose Notre Dame, move on!!!!!!! If your not apart of the Ramblin Wreck family we don’t care. We don’t need you patting us on our back, telling us it wasn’t you it was me. Have fun at that over-rated University.

@G-Mac

May 5th, 2011
7:33 am

Is Tuitt Catholic? I thought Notre Dame was the THE Catholic University. He may indeed be catholic, who knows? It always intrigues me to see African-American student athletes from inner city Los Angeles go to Brigham Young. Where does BYU find these young mormans that are so good at football?

GT Fan Nation

May 5th, 2011
7:38 am

By December 31st, and seeing the results of Al Groh’s 3-4 defense this year, Tuitt will regret his decision.

Mommy doesn’t always know best…

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
7:40 am

G-Mac, it’s all about having a winning program buddy. You could be an Atheist or evening a Muslim ( nothing against Muslims, just making a point. ) As long as your a 5 star player, they’ll take you in. Notre Dame, BYU, etc.

Who cares (the original)

May 5th, 2011
7:40 am

The story that won’t die.

Go Jackets!!!

Dave

May 5th, 2011
7:41 am

ATLER (ramblin wreck) : Typical fan of the most envious and insecure fan base on the planet.

nothing theycould have done

May 5th, 2011
7:47 am

except be a winner ..after all, they couldnt do the main thing they need to do..move the campus out of the crime filled ghetto.

Whats the next story, why Quincy Carter didnt stay at Tech?

May 5th, 2011
8:06 am

Im a Georgia fan and even Im sick of this non story.

Hal

May 5th, 2011
8:13 am

It always amazes me that Georgia has so many good high school players that would rather play college football anywhere but in their home state. Georgia’s “Dream Team” should be an every year occurance not something that comes along once and awhile. Tech has a Calvin Johnson or Dwyer every now and then but does very well without the best Georgia talent. Just imagine if both schools had high school players striving to be recruted to play for one of the teams in their home state. One thing they don’t teach in Georgia High Schools is staying home and playing for the taxpayers that paid for their high school training.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

May 5th, 2011
8:18 am

Tuit basically said GT is nothing.

Paul N Destin

May 5th, 2011
8:26 am

Then again it might be a huge statement about both of the programs and perhaps the coaching staffs of each. Who knows what is in the mind of a 18 year old these days. There was a time when going to a school that won and won big was just huge where now going to a school where you can start before sundown means more. Me Me Me Me Me…that is difference and if you think it will get better then you better find another sport. The folks playing the game in the 60/70 and early 80’s had a very different veiw of team and these new folks see “I” much more. 10 more years and nobody on here will give a sheet about college football because most all the quality coaches will be gone and folks like the ghetto twins at Auburn will be the norm in college football. Racist….nope …Realist…Denial is not a plan.

Destin Dawg

May 5th, 2011
8:28 am

I lived in South Bend, Ind… went to I.U. though… he won’t like Notre Dame… catholic school… not a great education.. and their F.B. is history…

Dawg 1

May 5th, 2011
8:29 am

Wow Even take shots when a kid is positive. I like this kid, he shows a ton of maturity to just 17 or 18 years old.

Let’s just wish for this kid a great future that may or maynot involve football.

Greg

May 5th, 2011
8:30 am

The ol’ “it wasn’t you, it was me” excuse. Nothing you could have done better, Tech…you were just inferior in every way. Feel better now?

GT Fan

May 5th, 2011
8:31 am

Another stuck up athlete. I’m glad he’s not coming to Tech.

LCD Dawg

May 5th, 2011
8:33 am

I swear to god the Techies are going to retire this kid’s number one day as “The one who almost came to us”.

Yet they LOVE to poke fun at UGA fans for being excited about an actual INCOMING recruit.

The boy-crush the Techies have on this kid is simply disturbing. Maybe he just didn;t wantto play for an arrogant jerk and a 98 year old DC??

THWGT

cantondawg

May 5th, 2011
8:36 am

Davis,

Come on man..Tuitt is a five star DE. Of course, UGA offered him. Unfortunately, there was no interest from the very beginning. I don’t blame the kid for going to ND. Great academics and he will be playing for a good coach. Wished we could have gotten him at UGA but wish the young man good luck in his future endeavors

Ed

May 5th, 2011
8:40 am

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
7:29 am
Who cares about this guy. He chose Notre Dame, move on!!!!!!! If your not apart of the Ramblin Wreck family we don’t care. We don’t need you patting us on our back, telling us it wasn’t you it was me. Have fun at that over-rated University.
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“Have fun at that over-rated University.”

That is the stupid statement I have seen In some time.

Josh

May 5th, 2011
8:40 am

ND just pays momma better. That’s all.

chilidawg

May 5th, 2011
8:43 am

It was a GT-ND battle for a good while. Yes, UGA offered but he never had any interest. My question is WHAT does this have to do with UGA recruiting on May 5?

RogersParkRob

May 5th, 2011
8:47 am

So who is the DC at ND? Toasty McToasterson. Yeah, I would have taken Al Groh instead. It amazes me better defensive players are not visiting GT just to meet Al. I guess they’re more interested in vein traditions than making it into the NFL and making a difference.

tgw

May 5th, 2011
8:47 am

In MAHS’s final playoff game (loss) in 2010, Sandy Creek’s offensive line totally shut down Tuitt. You could barely know he was out there. What will happen when he faces Div I offensive line players??

McPants

May 5th, 2011
8:47 am

Have fun sitting on the bench in the cold up in South Bend, Mr. Tuitt.

Glenn

May 5th, 2011
8:50 am

He’s a bright kid . Just wanted to try out a different environment . Loved the part about wanting to take a visit with a west coast school to see their style of football . Seems like a well rounded kid . Best of luck to him .

just saying

May 5th, 2011
8:52 am

enjoy the freeze hole at South Bend

michael

May 5th, 2011
8:54 am

money, money, money…..money……………didn’t dorsey levens leave n.d. and later stated he felt racism there??

Timmy the Techie

May 5th, 2011
8:55 am

I still cry myself to sleep thinking of Tuitt in a ND jersey.

Boo Hoo.

michael

May 5th, 2011
8:57 am

glenn-this kid seems confused if he changed his mind twice w/i 30 hours. homesick later??

Bob Loblaw

May 5th, 2011
8:59 am

George Costanza would be proud.

My prediction is Kelly will be gone in two years. Next up: CUM

BigTimeTECHFan

May 5th, 2011
9:10 am

Wish him the best, Still wish he would have come to Tech, I think he was all Tech but his family wanted him to go to ND for some reason.

I would keep tabs on his mom, my guess is she will be hooked up with a pretty nice job in in South Bend area, remember Darius Walker???
No accusing family, just ND has a history of this.

JB

May 5th, 2011
9:20 am

Letting guys like this get out of state will be the Demise of Tech ( and Georgia). This state produces lot’s of Div 1 players, but about 20 “real special ones”. Both schools need to keep more of these kids in State, But naive as it sounds, academic offerings, league affiliation and coaching staffs do make a big difference. Georgia will always have a leg up over Tech in recruiting because of academics and the lure of the SEC. Go Dawgs

JB

May 5th, 2011
9:24 am

Meyer will be Ohio States first call. If Tresell survives, the NCAA ought to just close down. If this were any SEC elite school, they would call in that SEAL 6 special op’s team.

GTJason

May 5th, 2011
9:26 am

The kid has never taken a snap in college. Until he does all of his talent is speculation. I treat him just like everyone else who decides not to come to tech, I just wish he wouldn’t have blown smoke up our collective a….

I also realize what i said initially about not taking a snap in college applies to all incoming GT players, but being a fan I’m still allowed to get excited about Vad Lee right? Especially when every recruiting site (scout, rivals, and espn) have him listed as “underrated” at his already high rating.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 5th, 2011
9:27 am

Give the kid a break. If he had picked Tech. how many of you people with all this negative crap on here would have been saying the same thing about him. He made the choice that is best for him and that is what it is all about. It is a lot easier to sell ND, with it’s rich tradition than it is to sell Tech. or UGA. ND is trying to get back in the race again and Kelly probably will get them back to respectable. I am a DAWG fan, but just because he didn’t pick UGA, I still wish him the best of luck. As for the cold, he can get used to it.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
9:27 am

Ed

May 5th, 2011
8:40 am

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
7:29 am
Who cares about this guy. He chose Notre Dame, move on!!!!!!! If your not apart of the Ramblin Wreck family we don’t care. We don’t need you patting us on our back, telling us it wasn’t you it was me. Have fun at that over-rated University.
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“Have fun at that over-rated University.”

That is the stupid statement I have seen In some time.

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Stupid statement????!!!!!!!! Dude when was the last time Notre Dame did anything??? And their always on Sports Center also????? And you think their not over-rated???? How stupid is your statement.

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
9:29 am

Notre Dame is a quality university providing a quality education.

Brian Kelly is going to win big there, maybe even this year.

Tuitt is one of several highly recruited defensive ends ND recruited and signed.

Some of the comments on here are unreal in their stupidity.

Just to make everyone feel better, how about this:

RUDY WAS OFFSIDES!!!!!!!

GO DAWGS

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
9:32 am

Dave

May 5th, 2011
7:41 am

ATLER (ramblin wreck) : Typical fan of the most envious and insecure fan base on the planet.

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Come on Dave!!!!!!!

Why waste time talking about someone in someone elses program. I’m only concerned about Ga Tech, not Tuitt. There nothing envious and insecure about that my friend.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

May 5th, 2011
9:34 am

Tech also provides a quality education also!!!!!!!!

The General Feeling

May 5th, 2011
9:54 am

Mark Richt and his gimmicks…. he can sure fool the immature high school teenagers.

Kaleb

May 5th, 2011
9:56 am

When you compare Tech to…(insert anyone in the country)…why would someone choose Tech!!!!!!!!

7576DAWG

May 5th, 2011
10:02 am

Truth be known I think Tuitt really wanted to go to Georgia Tech but there wasn’t enough difference between them and Notre Dame to go against the demands of his mother. Wasn’t it she who said he’ll go somewhere other than Notre Dame over my dead body. She was the reason he finally ended up at Notre Dame.
And either he or his mother made the comment that he also wanted to go to Notre Dame for the academics. Notre Dame is a great school but to put it ahead of Georgia Tech for the academics is ignorance of Georgia Tech’s academic history.

kc

May 5th, 2011
10:04 am

Michael-thanks so much for bringing up this now dead issue up again. All you did was open up all the tech bashers to do their thing. Thanks so much!

macrotech

May 5th, 2011
10:12 am

LCD Dawg…seriously?! Is it your contention that ANYONE with a Tech background wrote this article? We’ve let this kid go a long time ago…WE’RE not the ones holding on…it’s these writers for the AJC that can’t seem to ‘dig up’ anything to write about regarding the team that we DO have. So, the easy road has been taken, dust has been blown off an old story and redistributed…kind of like those early preseason rankings…you just fell for it again!