February 27, 2010

Versatility big part of Tuitt's game

It's no surprise why Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham covets Monroe Area defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

It's all about versatility.

Not only does Tuitt's current school run a variance of the same 3-4 Grantham is installing with the Bulldogs, but it's his ability to play a number of positions in the scheme that's made him such an appealing target.

In a telephone interview with UGASports, the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder talked about his visit to Georgia for Saturday's Junior Day and the conversation he had with Grantham about how he would fit in.

"I talked a lot with Coach Grantham and coach (Rodney) Garner," Tuitt said. "I think I'd fit in very well. I think I've got the perfect size and I can play multiple positions. They told me they think I could play defensive end, Mike linebacker or Will (Mo) linebacker for them."

Tuitt says the fact his Monroe Area squad runs a similar defense it could give him early dibs on some quick playing time.

"I think it would give me a heads up," Tuitt said. "Here, I just play the end, but we run the same schemes and everything, although we might call it different names."

Tuitt, who has visited Georgia a number of times, said Saturday's trip to Athens went well.

"I've been here lots of times, but this one was also a little bit different," he said. "I really got to talk to a lot of other people and received a lot more information about the school."

Tuitt, who also holds offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and South Carolina, said he doesn't have a final list, but if he did "Georgia would be right up there."

He hopes to make a final decision before his senior year.

"I just want to be able to have a great relationship with the coach and players," Tuitt said when asked his criteria for picking his eventual college home. "I want to be able to have a good time in college. It's (college) dream I've always had; one I'm living right now."

Tuitt's next two weeks promise to be busy ones.

After visiting South Carolina next weekend, Truitt plans on visiting Auburn the weekend after that.

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