Expectations Exceeded

Notre Dame landed another huge commitment on Wednesday when defensive end Stephon Tuitt from Monroe High School (Ga.) committed to the Irish. Tuitt is ranked as the No. 14 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.

The Notre Dame coaches got another recruiting boost today when they received word from defensive end Stephon Tuitt (6-foot-5, 252-pounds) that he wanted to be a part of the 2011 Notre Dame recruiting class. Tuitt had just returned home from his official visit to Notre Dame, when he decided that he was ready to commit to the Irish.

"I committed today," Tuitt said. "I really got a chance to look at the school and see what the school was about )this weekend). I got a chance to look into the major that I'm enrolling in. I got to see the game day atmosphere and got a chance to talk to some of the freshmen and talked to them about why they chose the school. That all really did it. Everything came together and I just felt really comfortable at the school.

"The coaching staff is really great too."

Tuitt had long favored Ga. Tech, so heading into his visit his expectation level for Notre Dame wasn't too high.

"I really didn't expect all that much until I went there," Stephon explained. "It did kind of blow the doors off me, kind of shocked me in terms of everything that they have going on there and how strong a network (of alumni) that they have. It was the hardest decision I had to make.

"It was the hardest decision I've had to make. Georgia Tech and Notre Dame are very similar. Georgia Tech has a great coaching staff, great players and I felt comfortable there as well. It definitely was a hard decision, but I had to show my age and my maturity and choose the school that was best for me."

Stephon had visited a number of schools before getting to Notre Dame. Although he hadn't been to South Bend before, it really didn't take him long to settle in and get a sense that he'd be spending the next four or five years at Notre Dame.

"I really got a chance to see some schools while visiting over the summer and visiting them just before school started," Tuitt said. "I got a chance to see if I was comfortable at those schools. It really doesn't take long to see if you're comfortable or not. When I was on the Notre Dame campus, I felt really comfortable and I knew I didn't have to wait too long to choose the school.

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