A little over 24 hours after 5-star recruit Stephon Tuitt switched his verbal commitment from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech, the bruising defensive end flipped again – this time back to Notre Dame and once again filling out arguably the nation’s best defensive line class.
Wow. Nothing should come as a surprise with the way this recruiting class has come together, but Tuitt’s reversal, this quickly after committing to Georgia Tech, was anything but expected.
With the defensive class Notre Dame has assembled, the Irish could have survived the loss of Tuitt; but with Tuitt back in the fold, this defensive class is elevated back into elite status. Notre Dame has two 5-star recruits once again with Tuitt and Ishaq Williams and another, Aaron Lynch, who really ought to be a 5-star recruit as well.
Tuitt’s 180 marks the second time in two weeks that Brian Kelly and staff have been able flip a recruit back to Notre Dame who previously decommitted – Aaron Lynch being the other.
Give major credit to the Notre Dame staff here. Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune tweeted that Brian Kelly, Bob Diaco, Chuck Martin, and Mike Elston all made the trip to Georgia to visit Tuitt and ended up leaving with the prized defensive recruit back in the class of 2011 for the Fighting Irish.
Combine Tuitt’s recommitment with the recruiting job done by Bob Diaco to secure Ishaq Williams’s commitment last week and it’s hard to be anything but extremely impressed with the job this staff has done since the Sun Bowl.
Consider the luck, or lack there of, Notre Dame has had with losing elite defensive linemen over the last few years such as Omar Hunter, Justin Trattou, and Chris Martin, and it makes tonight’s news even more unbelievable. It’s almost as if Notre Dame is exercising the demons of CJ Leak, Lorenzo Book, Hunter, et all all in one fell swoop this January.