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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