Dean Legge

Irish ‘way up there’ for ’18 DB

Notre Dame impressed a four-star underclassman that was on campus for the first time Wednesday.

Notre Dame was the third of four Midwest stops this week for sophomore four-star cornerback Christian Tutt.

Tutt arrived at Notre Dame on Wednesday morning coming off back-to-back visits to Michigan and Michigan State. Joining him on his visits were his father and two brothers.

During his Irish visit, Notre Dame joined a host of national programs in offering the Thompson (Ga.) High native. 

“I was going there with the hope that Notre Dame was going to offer, so I was glad when they did,” Tutt said. “A lot stood out to me. The academics and from a football standpoint. I got to see all of campus on a tour and all of the facilities. I really enjoyed it.”

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound cornerback spent time talking with head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. The Irish staff made early playing time an emphasis of their recruiting pitch.

“They told me that I could come in and have a good chance to compete for the starting spot as a freshman because they’ll be losing their best cornerback when I get there."

On Thursday, Tutt took in Ohio State as the final stop before going back home.

“You can’t compare the schools,” Tutt said. “Notre Dame stands alone and then Michigan and Michigan State are in their own categories. They all offer different things and are on different levels.”

Tutt transferred to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy in January but has since returned to Thompson. He has yet to release an official list of favorites, but Alabama, Georgia, Florida and USC are in good position early. Notre Dame can now be added to that group.

“I don’t have any favorites right now, but I can tell you that Notre Dame is way up there,” Tutt said. “Georgia, I‘ve been there multiple times and I love that place. South Carolina is coming after me hard, too.”

Tutt could project at cornerback, safety or nickel back in college. 

“I’m an all-around player,” Tutt said. “I cover well and I’m physical at the point of attack.”

Tutt said spending time with Kelly was the highlight of his time in South Bend.

“The best part was being in coach Kelly’s office with just coach Kelly,” Tutt said. “I got the offer, and it was really cool hearing that from him.”


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