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Georgia Tech Recruiting: Stephon Tuitt Switches From Notre Dame To Yellow Jackets, According To Reports

Monroe’s Stephon Tuitt, a five-star defensive end and longtime Notre Dame Fighting Irish commit, has switched his commitment to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets after visiting Atlanta over the weekend, according to Rivals. Tech has stayed after Tuitt for weeks now, even signing his friend Demon Smith a few days ago, and Tuitt reportedly was giving very serious thought to Tech’s offer after the visit.

Tech commit Vad Lee, who’s become something of a Georgia Tech recruiting outlet, teased the news earlier today by tweeting "word on the street is that we got a 5 star DE today." Whether that tweet is what sparked Rivals into switching Tuitt’s allegiance or something closer to the other way around, it’s hard to say, but his tweet was excitedly welcomed by Jackets fans.

A switch by Tuitt would be a massive get for Paul Johnson’s program. He’s the top-ranked player in the entire state, the nation’s No. 2 defensive end, the No. 22 player in the nation, and was the jewel of Notre Dame’s recruiting class (all according to Rivals). Word isn’t official yet, and even if his intentions have switched it’s still not signing day, but this is something to watch very closely.

Update: Tuitt's high school coach confirms the switch to Chip Towers:

"Yeah, it's true," coach Matt Fligg said. "We met this morning and, after that meeting he called Notre Dame and then called Georgia Tech. I saw this coming, I just wasn't sure what he'd do. He's been thinking about it a while and just wanted to get it over with. He just wanted to be closer to home."

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