But the Monroe, Georgia product had some second thoughts along the way including a brief commitment to Georgia Tech followed by a recommitment to the Irish followed by some more second thoughts about the Yellow Jackets.
So what was it that swayed the five star product back to Notre Dame hours after meeting with Paul Johnson? Inside the Irish gives us the scoop...
When Tuitt pulled the panic switch and changed his commitment, the Irish didn’t stick their tail behind their legs and get insulted that their prized defensive lineman wanted to stay home, they stayed mobile and sent down Kelly, who obviously must be one helluva closer.
As Tuitt recounted to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated of that visit:
“What really shocked me was when he told me multiple times that if I was just some great player out there that everybody loved and everybody recruited, if I was just a good football player, that he never would have came,” Tuitt said. “He said the reason he came was that I’m a great football player, a great character person and to have both of those, to be able to handle myself in public and keep positive eyes on me, that was important. That’s like all the work I’ve been doing, not putting myself in the spotlight. I really appreciated that.”
Signed. Sealed. And Delivered by Brian Kelly (and Tuitt's mom who really liked Notre Dame too)
Update 8PM 4FEB: Tuitt talks to CBS College Sports about his Notre Dame choice over Georgia Tech to Tom Lemming and Rich Rodriguez.