Notre Dame Football: Elite Defensive End Recruit Stephon Tuitt Commits to Irish

Dan ScofieldAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2010

Stephon Tuitt, the no. 1-ranked strong-side defensive end in the 2010 class, committed to Notre Dame over Georgia Tech over the weekend. 

After his first visit to campus, Tuitt was blown away by the South Bend atmosphere and could not wait any longer to pull the trigger. With this commitment, the Irish now hold arguably the best defensive line class in the country, thanks to the already committed Aaron Lynch.

Rated as the 22nd best prospect in the country, Tuitt calls Monroe, Georgia home and formed some great relationships with the coaches near home.  In what was the hardest decision of his life, Tuitt had to inform the Georgia Tech coaches of his decision, but ultimately felt Notre Dame was the best choice for him.

In addition to Tech, he had a lead group of Auburn, Miami, and Tennessee. He had originally thought of taking officials to Miami and Georgia Tech before deciding, but ultimately felt that he wanted to be no where else except Notre Dame.

Spending time with him over the summer at the Top Gun Camp in Virginia, I was able to get the true read on this 18-year old. Not only is he one of the best players in the country, but he is also one of the best kids out there.

With academics truly a top priority in his life, it's no surprise that Tuitt ended up with the Irish. However, it is a shock to some that he chose Notre Dame over Georgia Tech in the end as the Yellow Jackets seemed to be a favorite for quite some time.

Tuitt is a perfect fit for Brian Kelly's 3-4 defense. Coming off the edge, you can expect him to make an immediate impact at Notre Dame come next fall. With an ideal frame and pass rushing skills, Tuitt is exactly what the Irish have been lacking in their defenses as of late.

With this news, only a few more spots are left in this now star-filled Notre Dame recruiting class. Thanks to a few transfers in 2010, a couple of more spots have been opened up, but expect Kelly to take around 3 or 4 more players to round out his first recruiting cycle.