Four-Star DE Enjoys Auburn Visit

Talented defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt talks about his trip to Auburn on Saturday.

Monroe, Ga.--All summer long whenever Stephon Tuitt has encountered fellow top football prospects one of the schools that has been on their list has been Auburn.

On Saturday the massive defensive end had a chance to see Gene Chizik's Tigers for himself for the first time and came away impressed by what he saw.

"It was great," Tuitt says. "It was more than I thought it would be. It's a great college campus, wonderful coaches, great coaches, experienced coaches. I got a chance to talk to the defensive coordinator (Ted Roof). I got a chance to talk to the head coach (Chizik), he's a great coach, and my defensive line coach (Tracy Rocker). They are all wonderful people.

"My coach there (Rocker) won the Lombardi Trophy so he knows what he's doing," Tuitt says. "Great experience from a coach like that will help you later on. The team looks like it has great leadership on it. They've got a bright future coming up. It was a great, awesome experience going there."

Making his first visit to Auburn, Tuitt had the opportunity to see a lot of the campus and facilities. He also made his first trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium, but said it would not be his last after what he saw.

"The stadium, even though there was nobody in there, it was a different atmosphere when you stepped on that field," Tuitt says. "It was a different atmosphere. I want to go back there again. This time stay a little longer and see the whole campus and hang around the players. Just get a chance to know more about the school. I want to stay longer and see more about the school and get to know the coaches better."

Stephon Tuitt

Rated as the number 16 defensive end prospect in the country by, the 6-5, 250 Tuitt has offers from all over the country. The overall Most Valuable Player of the Atlanta MVP Camp in April, he dominated the opposition and still has plenty of upside because of his size and frame. Along with Ray Drew the two are perhaps the top tandem in Georgia at defensive end this year.

Their similarity on the field has led to a friendship off the field as the two have become close after meeting and talking at several camps, including a Top Gun Lineman Camp in Virginia. Tuitt says it was actually Drew that got his interest in Auburn up to the point a visit was necessary.

"The camp that I went to was a good camp and the players were being highly recruited too like I was," Tuitt notes. "Hearing it from them and knowing they had a great time when they were there made me tempted to want to see it more than just talking to them on the phone. I wanted to go and see for myself.

"One of my key guys is Ray Drew from Thomasville, Ga.," he adds. "We wound up being like best friends at the camp. We wound up talking and talking. I'm going to call him today and tell him I went and liked it like he did. It's just networking and knowing players across the nation."

Tuitt and Drew have become close enough that they have talked about possibly playing together on the next level. While that's still a long way from becoming a reality, Tuitt says it has been discussed.

"We have talked about it," he notes. "We don't know if it will be true or if it could happen, but we've talked about it."

Tuitt is shown at the MVP Camp in April.

Beginning to narrow the colleges he is considering with his senior season getting under way in less than a month, Tuitt says he's got a list of schools he's working with at the moment and he's taking his time on a decision to make sure he's 100 percent sold on his choice.

"I have a group of schools," Tuitt notes. "I like Georgia Tech. I like Clemson. I like Billy Napier. I like Auburn. I like Notre Dame. I want to see what it's like. I like Miami. That's my hometown. I have some jitters about them. I like LSU. They try to stay in contact with me all the time. I want to go there and check out the school. Tennessee as well. I went up there yesterday. It's a great school with great coaches.

"I want to take my time with it," he adds. "I want to make sure the decision I make is the right choice. I want to make sure I could go to that college and stay four years and never have a bad day there. I always want to wake up in the morning and play for my college team."

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