Tuitt switches commitment from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech

Al Groh’s defense really needed this one.

Stephon TuittICONDE Stephon Tuitt is on his way to Atlanta.

The Georgia Tech coordinator has to be ecstatic that the team received a commitment from Monroe Area High School (Ga.) defensive end Stephon Tuitt on Tuesday, as the five-star prospect switched to the Yellow Jackets after being committed to Notre Dame since September. He made an official visit to Tech this past weekend and was sold on the university and the coaching staff.

Recruiting analysts at had just awarded Tuitt a fifth star on Tuesday, meaning the 6-5, 260-pounder will be the highest-touted recruit ever to come to Atlanta when he signs on National Signing Day, according to

Tuitt is the 22nd commitment for the Yellow Jackets’ Class of 2011, but he’s only the third member of the class carrying more than a three-star rating from any of the recruiting services.

High school teammate Demontevious Smith is also committed to the Yellow Jackets.

While Notre Dame missed out on adding Tuitt, head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco still have had a great run of success, recently landing four-star defensive ends Ishaq Williams, Aaron Lynch and Anthony Rabasa to give the Irish much-needed pass-rushing depth. However, Tuitt was considered the premier component of a potentially dominant future defensive line.

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