Stephon Tuitt had a big week of practice at the U.S. Army All-American game and was one of the stars of the East squad during the game.
Aaron Lynch started at the other defensive end spot and Tuitt is hoping that will continue into college.
"I think we dominated and I think we'd be pretty good bookends at Notre Dame," Tuitt said. "We started together and we were basically in the same rotation together during the game. I think we both pressured the quarterback coming off the edge and forced the quarterback to step up. We probably helped the defensive tackles out.
"I had a great time hanging out with all the East players and some of the West players as well. There was a lot of business. It was set up a lot like how college is going to go. You've got to take care of business first. You might not get a lot of free time, but we got time to just hang out with the other players.
Every player at the U.S. Army game is used to dominating the player across from them, but when they arrive in San Antonio it's usually a big adjustment going against the best of the best.
"I had to adapt to it, but it didn't take much time at all," Tuitt said of the level of competition he face during the practices in San Antonio. "There were bigger and better players than what I'm used to, but I don't think it was really a problem. I just had to step things up.
"I work hard not matter what I do against anybody. I went up against some tough players. There were some big offensive linemen, but I just went out the entire week and worked hard against them. I'm glad it was like that, because they just made me better.
"How I practice is how I play in the game," he said. "I thought I had a good week of practice and I thought I had a pretty good game as well."
Tuitt got an opportunity to meet a couple of his future teammates while he was in Texas. Something he noticed and appreciates about the Notre Dame recruiting class is the diversity.
"When I visited Notre Dame for my official visit is when I first met the Atkinson brothers," Stephon said. "Matt Hegarty was just another piece of the puzzle. Seeing him and talking to him, we just bonded right away. He whipped my tail in ping pong, but I've got his number now and we've been texting ever since.
"What I noticed was that there are people from all over the country in our class. That's a good deal to get people from all over; East coast, West coast, down South, and even New Mexico. I'm glad we have that type of recruiting class."
He also likes what the future holds for the Irish down the road.
"You get a class like we have coming in, and develop them as the years go on," he said. "They get bigger and stronger and we'll start winning more games, playing in bigger bowl games. It's going to be a runaway train. We'll keep wining and winning and basically what you're doing is building a dynasty."
While Tuitt talks about his future at Notre Dame, it appears Stephon still plans on taking one if not several official visit before signing day. He had discussed taking a visit to Georgia tech this weekend, but he may hold off and take that trip later this month.
"I don't know when I'm going to go to Georgia Tech," he said. "I don't know if I want to save that for my last one or use it this weekend. I have to talk to my mom about that, I have to talk to my mom about it and see what we can get set up."
Tuitt Will Take Visits
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