Stephon Tuitt is now a verbal pledge to Notre Dame and Irish fans should be jumping up and down as the 6-foot-5, 252-pound defensive end/offensive tackle will bring his great athletic ability to South Bend. Irish Eyes gives you our take on the newest member of the Class of 2011.
What To Like
Where do I start? Stephon Tuitt has so much upside that it is sick. A player with skills to play on either side of the ball and do so at a very high level will give the Irish room to grow with the Monroe, Georgia native. If Tuitt ends up as a defensive lineman he could either play defensive end or move down to tackle without much problem. His great burst and explosiveness out of his hips is something you just cannot teach. His ability to move lateral and then explode into a sprint will have Irish defensive coaches fighting for his services.
Tuitt is still raw in his moves and the use of techniques, but that is coachable. Some have questioned his strength but I'm not too worried as players with his type of build sometimes take a little longer to grow into their bodies and add strength once they get in a college weight room.
If Tuitt is placed as an offensive lineman, he will need to learn technique but has great feet with a spring to his step. However, the sky is the limit in what he will be able to do.
What May Concern You
Tuitt claims he has given this decision great thought, and from the many visits he's taken you would have to feel he would be a solid pledge. Nevertheless, SEC programs never seem to go away and Tuitt is such a major prospect there are sure to be a few that will make runs at different times in the next several months.
Many questioned if Brian Kelly could recruit players from across the country when he was hired. The verbal pledge of Tuitt just adds to the growing list of players (13) from outside the Midwest region. With offers from Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and Miami to name a few, Tuitt is a major prospect that continues the run of top quality prospects Kelly and staff have earned the trust and verbal pledge from.