Three-star offensive guard Chandler Tuitt had been committed to Ole Miss for a while when he signed with the Rebels on national signing day.
Tuitt, who is from Tyrone, Ga., held offers from several big programs, including in-state schools UGA and Georgia Tech, but it was the family atmosphere he felt during his visits to Oxford, Miss., that ultimately drove him to pick Hugh Freeze‘s team.
Tuitt discussed that family feel and other recruiting topics in a recent conversation with SEC Country:
Q: What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
A: Just the family feel would get my attention real quick. Everyone trying to talk to you and stuff.
Q: How much negative recruiting was out there?
A: It was just promoting their own schools. The only negativity I had was when I committed. You’ve got the fans making rude comments, but that was about it.
Q: What did fans say?
A: One guy said when committed that he was mad that I committed to Ole Miss and not Georgia. He was like ‘I guess you don’t want a good education.’ I mean they have their own thoughts, but I know in my heart I chose the right school.
Q: Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest?
A: Mark Richt.
Q: Which coach was not the nicest?
A: Nick Saban. There was just something about his attitude that just bugged me.
Q: If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?
A: Make sure you visit everywhere just to find the right feel for where you really want to go. That’s what I wish I did. I committed early, but I still made the right choice. Just going everywhere would be fun.
Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?
A: UGA came in second for me. (If UGA had) not come so late.
Q: What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on phone or in person?
A: I can give you the funniest person. I’m not sure about the funniest thing. The funniest person would be Tennessee (offensive line) coach (Don Mahoney).
Q: What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A: I just wish I would’ve visited more places. I didn’t see every place that I should have.
Q: Where did you wish you would’ve visited?
A: Florida, and I wanted to visit Cal.