UGA offensive line target Christian Tuitt has made his college decision. The three-star prospect announced his commitment to Ole Miss via his Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
“I have thought long and hard about this,” Tuitt said in a statement among a picture collage on his account. “It has been an exciting journey for me, but it is time to be serious. I want to thank all the schools for the love and for the experience you all have given me, but now it is time to make a decision. I am proud to announce that I am going to the red, the white and the blue but instead of being a Patriot I am becoming a Rebel. Hotty Toddy.”
The Sandy Creek senior also thanked all the schools “who have offered me the opportunity of a lifetime to be on their team” along the rest of his statement.
He had UGA among his final group, but he told the AJC earlier this week that his final choice was not going to be UGA. Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee were his other finalist.
It is not certain how much of a priority Tuitt was over the last two weeks with UGA preparing to host a slow of prospects at its elite “Dawg Night” prospect camp this weekend. He did tell the AJC earlier this summer that UGA offensive line coach Rob Sale had advised him he was going to continue to recruit him no matter what school he committed to.
“Coach Sale told me something that I really respect,” Tuitt said at the time. “He told me that no matter where you choose I’m still going to recruit you and that kinda put a smile on my face.”
Tuitt had planned to make his decision late last month, but backed off that pledge because he felt he needed more time. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder was rated by the 247sports composite as the nation’s No.13 offensive guard for 2016.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.