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Irish recruiting shuffle

Notre Dame's recruiting haul lost a major piece Tuesday, according to a report.

Stephon Tuitt, a five-star defensive end and second-high recruit in the Irish's 2011 class, decommitted from Notre Dame and chose Georgia Tech, according to

"We talked a lot the last two or three days, and I told Stephon he needed to do what was best for him. The big hold up was he didn't want to be known as a decommitter," Monroe (Ga.) Area coach Matt Fligg told "This afternoon we called Notre Dame together and let them know that he is no longer committed there. Then we called head coach Paul Johnson and informed him Stephon would be a Yellow Jacket." ranked the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Tuitt as the No. 22 prospect and No. 2 defensive end in the nation. Tuitt was going to join Aaron Lynch, the No. 28 prospect and No. 7 defensive end in the nation, on the Irish's defensive line.

Linebacker Ishaq Williams, who is the nation's No. 16 prospect and enrolled early along with Lynch, is Notre Dame's highest rated player for the Class of 2011. Signing day is Feb. 2.

The Irish did add another defensive end Tuesday when when Chase Hounshell backed out of his commitment to Florida and chose Notre Dame, according to reports.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder from Lake Catholic in Kirtland, Ohio, was going to play on the offensive line for Florida, but he will play defensive end for Notre Dame.

Hounshell had planned to enroll early at Florida, but after Urban Meyer stepped down he reconsidered playing for the Gators.

"I liked that I knew what I was getting and I liked the certainty at Notre Dame, and right now, there is a lot of uncertainty at Florida," Hounshell told The News-Herald in Willoughby, Ohio. "My initial plan was to wait until national signing day to make a decision, but this is the right time for me. I felt very comfortable with Notre Dame and with this decision."

Hounshell's decision was also reported by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and the Orlando Sentinel.


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

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

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

Davaris Daniels, WR, 6-3, 190,Vernon Hills, Vernon Hills, Ill.

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

Everett Golson, QB, 6-0, 170, Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.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

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

Chase Hounshell, DL/OL, 6-5, 242, Lake Catholic, Kirtland, Ohio

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

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

Nick Martin, OL, 6-5, 260, Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis

Cam McDaniel, RB, 5-11, 192, Coppell, Coppell, Texas

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

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

Ishaq Williams, DE, 6-6, 230, Abraham Lincoln, Brooklyn, N.Y.