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Christian Tutt will decide between Auburn and Ohio State
Since his visits over the summer, Christian Tutt was believed to maintain a steady lean to Nebraska as the summer and his senior season at Thomson (Ga.) High School progressed. But somewhere along the way, the Huskers fell out of favor with the 4-star prospect, who is the No. 25 cornerback in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Tutt tweeted Sunday that he will commit at 3 p.m. Tuesday during his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey ceremony. He will decide between Auburn and Ohio State.
Commitment on Tuesday at 3 o’clock 🙏🏽 boy its been a long road ‼️
— King Tutt (@cblacks500) November 12, 2017
Tutt took an official visit with the Huskers on Sept. 23, two weeks after his official visit with the Buckeyes. Last weekend he took an official visit with Auburn. The trip clearly made a significant impact as he decided to announce his commitment shortly thereafter. The Huskers had been in the lead for Tutt since he attended their Friday Night Lights camp in June.
Speaking to SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, Tutt admitted that Nebraska’s coaching uncertainty and program instability steered him away from the Cornhuskers.
“This weekend was great. I’m wrapping up my recruitment. I’ll be committing Tuesday. It’s going to be at Ohio State or here,” Tutt said. “This weekend meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me and my family.”
The timing here is interesting, and it’s become rather clear Auburn is suddenly the frontrunner for Tutt. Seventeen predictions in the last two days on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predict Tutt will go to Auburn.
Tutt sees an opportunity for early playing time at cornerback with Auburn. He is a fierce competitor with superb natural talent. Coaching at the collegiate level will only refine those skills. If Tutt does indeed commit to Auburn, which is a 3-4 hour drive from his hometown, Nebraska fans can at least take solace in the fact that he will not enroll at Ohio State.
For his high school team, Tutt has done well on both sides of the ball during his senior season. He’s scored 11 total touchdowns as a ball carrier, receiver and returner, according to MaxPreps.com.
— Zach Hughes (@ZachHughesTV) November 5, 2017
Tutt is expected to sign during the early-signing period and become an early enrollee. He also took official visits to USC and Alabama earlier this season.
What changed between Nebraska and Christian Tutt?
The uncertainty surrounding the Nebraska coaching staff has severely hampered its ability to solidify the 2018 recruiting class. Currently at 10 commitments, Tutt was one of the few expected commits many assumed Nebraska would land, regardless of the coaching staff. Tutt is a highly talented corner. While he may not be as highly touted as Brendan Radley-Hiles, Tutt’s decision to leave Nebraska out of his final two still hurts, although not nearly as much as Radley-Hiles’ de-commitment.
And seeing a program such as Auburn, which throttled No. 1 Georgia during Tutt’s visit, left a lasting impression.
“It did [change things for me],” Tutt said. “This weekend meant a lot. They showed me everything I needed to see. I seen a lot. I seen the way they played. I seen the way they finished. Everything. Down to preparation and schemes and how they run the defense. Coach [Kevin] Steele, he does a great job. That’s why I want to be a part of it.”
Tutt’s decision is a microcosm of what happens when the direction of a major college football program is murky at best. We wrote about the coaching staff’s dilemma in securing commitments on Friday, and that was before Nebraska’s 54-21 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
Recruits will almost always opt for greener pastures. Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams visited Tutt during Nebraska’s bye week this season to reaffirm their position, but that face time apparently wasn’t enough to keep Tutt interested in the Huskers.
The product on the field is hurting the Huskers in more ways than one now. Tutt basically affirmed as much. Most of all, Tutt neglecting Nebraska down the stretch hurts, because if the Huskers can’t sign prospects they’re expected to receive commitments from, who can they actually get?