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Irish pick up another defensive lineman

Notre Dame is having little trouble collecting defensive-line talent under coach Brian Kelly.

Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end from Monroe, Ga., orally committed to the Irish, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Tuitt is the sixth defensive end for the Irish's 2011 class, which now has 19 commitments. He is a four-star recruit, according to

Tuitt visited Notre Dame's campus over the weekend and attended the Michigan game.

"The visit went really well," Tuitt told the Tribune. "They have great facilities, a great campus and environment, and I felt comfortable. I took a couple of days to think about it, came back and had a couple of football practices, making sure I got knocked around a little bit and knocked some people around so my head was right after I went there."


Signing Day Feb. 2

George Atkinson, Ath., 6-2, 194, Granada, Livermore, Calif.

Josh Atkinson, CB, 6-0, 180, Granada, Livermore, Calif.

Kyle Brindza, K, 6-2, 195, Plymouth, Canton, Mich.

Jalen Brown, DB, 6-0, 173, Irving Macarthur, Irving, Texas

Clay Burton, DE/LB, 6-3, 230, Venice, Venice, Fla.

Brad Carrico, DE, 6-6, 255, Coffman, Dublin, Ohio

Ben Councell, DE, 6-5, 225, Reynolds High School, Asheville, N.C.

Matthias Farley, Ath, 6-1, 185, Christian, Charlotte, N.C.

Jarrett Grace, LB, 6-4, 235, Colerain, Cincinnati

Connor Hanratty, OL, 6-4, 305, New Canaan, New Canaan, Conn.

Eilar Hardy, DB, 6-0, 170, Pickerington Central, Pickerington, Ohio

Justice Hayes, RB, 5-10, 175, Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Matthew Hegarty, OL, 6-5, 265, Aztec, Aztec, N.M.

Ben Koyack, TE, 6-5, 230, Oil City, Oil City, Pa.

Aaron Lynch, DE, 6-6, 245, Island Coast, Cape Coral, Fla.

Jordan Prestwood, OL, 6-6, 265, Plant City, Plant City, Fla.

Anthony Rabasa, DE, 6-2, 220, Columbus, Miami

Tony Springmann, DE, 6-6, 257, Bishop Dwenger

Stephon Tuitt, DE, 6-5, 260, Monroe Area, Monroe, Ga.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.