Hitting the Road this Weekend

If Notre Dame is going to establish itself as one of the top football programs in the country they'll need to sign players like Stephon Tuitt of Monroe High School (Ga.) Tuitt is ranked as the No. 14 defensive end by Scout.com and he'll be in South Bend this weekend for an official visit.

When Notre Dame gets a top recruit from the Southeast to visit campus they need to take advantage of the opportunity. This weekend Stephon Tuitt (6-foot-5, 252-pounds) will be making the trip up from Georgia to meet the Irish staff and get a closer Notre Dame football program.

"I know that the Michigan game is a big-time rivalry game and I want to see what a game atmosphere is like," Tuitt said. "I want to see what football is like up there. I want to get a feel for the school and what's around the school.

"The campus environment is a big thing for me. My mom is going to be there and looking really hard into the academic side of everything. I'm really going to be looking at the campus environment and seeing if I like it."

There will be plenty of gameday atmosphere on the Notre dame campus for Stephon to take in, as the Irish will be hosting the Michigan Wolverines.

"They're (coaches) probably going to be focused on the game," Tuitt said "But I'd like to meet with the head coach, my position coach, and the defensive coordinator, and get a chance to know each other and take a look at the defense. If they have time, I'd really like to watch film on the defense and see how they'd use me. That would be interesting.

"I'd like to take a look around campus, see the dorm rooms and all that. Then the next day, meet with the players and see what they do to get ready for the game."

Stephon has been watching highlights of Notre Dame practices on the internet to keep tract of the progress of the Notre Dame program. And although he didn't get to watch Notre Dame's entire season opener against Purdue, he watched just enough to get a feel for team.

"I had a chance to watch the first quarter," he said. "They have a really good defensive tackle and defensive ends. They didn't start out their schedule with an easy game. Purdue is a pretty solid team and they really had to get ready for them. They were able to get a win and start out 1-0. Like the coaches said, they're starting over, and building up the program and it all starts from there."

Monroe has started the 2010 season 2-0. In the two contests Tuitt has 16 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

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