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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 Rivals.com.

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."

2011 NOTRE DAME ORAL COMMITMENTS

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.

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