Ole Miss continues its recruiting successes in Georgia for 2016 with the signing of Chandler Tuitt, one of the Peach State's top offensive guards. Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, the 6'3", 294-pound prospect drew offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Tennessee. His lone official visit was to Ole Miss this past January, which came roughly six months after he first committed to the program. Several schools, most notably Georgia, made a late push for Tuitt's pledge, but he held firm to the Rebels through National Signing Day.
Tuitt has had a longstanding pair of connections to Ole Miss in departing senior defensive back Mike Hilton and rising sophomore halfback Eric Swinney, both of whom played with Tuitt at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. Tuitt also has familial connections to Mississippi, as his grandparents are residents of Yazoo City. In spite of his relatively quiet recruitment, Tuitt racked up several honors this past year, earning a spot in the Offense-Defense All-America Game and being named to the AJC's all-Southside high school squad.
How he fits in
He's an offensive lineman, and a pretty good one at that. In a high-tempo offense like the one Hugh Freeze likes to run, depth across the front is crucial to success, and Tuitt should add to that. It isn't likely that he sees much time at guard right away with Rod Taylor, Javon Patterson, Jordan Sims and Daronte Bouldin topping the depth chart, and he's almost assuredly not going to see time at either of Ole Miss' thin tackles spots. Expect Tuitt to redshirt in 2016-17. If he doesn't, that should spell good things for his abilities to contribute in the SEC.