This staff knows how to fight. While CW stuck with his ‘if you’re looking, we’re looking’ it’s become very obvious that this staff will fight til the end for a recruit, regardless of where he’s looking, committed, sleeping, or traveling to.
Today Coach Kelly, along with coaches Diaco, Martin and Elston made an in-home visit with all-world recruit Stephon Tuitt who had just flipped from ND to GA Tech. It seemed like an odd switch given Tuitt’s multiple previous visits to GA Tech, his seemingly strong feelings for ND, and the fact that he hadn’t even really planned the visit – he only went because a hoops game had been cancelled.
But his High School Coach seemed to be pretty sure that the recruiting was done, and it was obvious where he preferred for Tuitt to go:
â€œI am just tickled to death that these kids are going to Georgia Tech and it is a school where people in our community and from our school can watch them play,â€ head coach Matt Fligg said. â€œI would hop on a plane any day to watch Tuitt or Smith play, but having them so close is really special. Those two kids almost single-handedly turned our program around.â€
At one point Fligg went so far as to say that Tuitt would not even take calls or visits with any coaches outside of GA Tech. Well, that didn’t last long.
The ND Cavalry got down to visit Tuitt and his family in his home asap , answered his questions, and made sure that Stephon is, once again, Irish.
What a day!â€ Tuitt exclaimed late Wednesday night.
â€œThey just told the truth,â€ he said when asked what changed his mind [after the visit]. â€œThey didnâ€™t say anything negative about Georgia Tech or anything like that. They just told the truth about what Notre Dame could do for me and what I could do at Notre Dame..â€
Tuitt said he â€œhad a few questions I needed to get off my chest.â€ Asked what those questions were, he said, â€œjust some little things and some big things. I had some questions about the class they have coming in and some about the school and some about the coaching staff. Things like that.â€
It’s very clear that Stephon’s mother was a big force in his switching back to ND, along with the coaching staff. She had a pretty clear rationale for his recent indecision as well.
“The reason he was wavering back and forth all boils down to him not wanting to hurt anybodyâ€™s feelings. He had developed relationships with all these coaches and didnâ€™t want to disappoint them. But somebodyâ€™s going to have to be disappointed and today itâ€™s Georgia Tech.”
And it sounds like, if Ma Tuitt has anything to do with it, there will be no more switching.
“Tomorrow itâ€™s going to be Georgia Tech [that's disappointed] and the next day itâ€™s going to Georgia Tech because recruiting stops now.â€
This is a great job by the staff of sticking with guys, and continuing to fight. You had to figure the staff would do so after their awesome work with Lynch and Williams, but it’s great to see Kelly and Company really keep after kids, and make sure that they’re making decisions with all the right information.
Stephon is a unique talent, and an incredible get for this staff. A few weeks back we all dreamed of Lynch, Williams and Tuitt wreaking havoc in the backfield together in a few short years. Looking forward to seeing that dream come to fruition.
Welcome back home, Stephon! Her Loyal Sons loves it!
A little snippet from an interview, enjoy: