Notre Dame Recruiting: Five-Star Stephon Tuitt Re-Commits To Brian Kelly, Irish

Dan ScofieldAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2011

In what may have been the most confusing few days in a single recruitment, five-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt has given his pledge back to Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish according to Irish Sports Daily.

Tuitt, ranked among many recruiting services as a top pass-rusher, was originally an Irish verbal before an official to Georgia Tech last weekend. After feeling "comfortable" with the school, Tuitt and his teammate Demontevious Smith decided Georgia Tech was the place they wanted to be.

However, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco wasn't ready to give up just yet, as he showed in the recruitment of another five-star, Aaron Lynch, last week.

Hopping on a plane in Newark straight to Atlanta, Diaco made his way to the Tuitt household and put the star athlete's mind at ease, turning enough question marks into answers after an in-home visit.

Also on the trip was Kelly.

After the in-home, this crazy recruitment may finally be over. The Irish, with Tuitt back in the fold, the Irish now possess one of the best defensive classes in the country. 

Notre Dame has now received three commitments from five-stars in the past week. Lynch, a perfect compliment to Tuitt's skill-set, and Ishaq Williams, the ideal OLB in the 3-4 defense, also were swayed to the Irish recently after a trip to the US Army All-American Bowl.

National Signing Day is slotted for February 2nd. Recruits may send in their official LOI's on this date and be officially enrolled in their respective schools.

Many may be holding their breathe until then as this day hasn't always been too friendly to the Irish faithful, but the news of Tuitt's change of heart was a big sigh of relief during the most stressful time of the year for recruiting addict's.