By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
The spring semester is set to start at Ole Miss and that means official visitors will be returning to Oxford. Chandler Tuitt, an offensive lineman from Tyrone, Georgia, will be on campus this weekend, along with several other members of his family.
Tuitt (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) committed to the Rebels this past July. He came to the Fresno State game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and then attended the Rebels’ first road game of the season at Alabama with a friend. Tuitt likes being outside. He likes to deer hunt, and meet new people. In a nutshell, he’s easy going from a personality standpoint.
“I think I’m a funny, cool guy,” said Tuitt, who has been playing offensive line since he was a sophomore. “I got offers for (offensive line), so I guess I’m good at it. If I could play defense, I would play defense.”
Football and Tuitt’s outside world are two different things, he said. Tuitt played a number of different sports growing up. His favorite sport? Paintball.
“I can’t make money for doing that,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve played basketball, soccer, I did track, I did wrestling. I’ve done a lot of things. I like doing new things. I’m an adventurer.”
In regards to Ole Miss, Tuitt said he liked the family feel he got from the coaching staff. Tight ends coach Maurice Harris is Tuitt’s direct contact. Of course, offensive line coach Matt Luke and head coach Hugh Freeze were also involved in luring him to Oxford.
“I had a few cousins that went there. My auntie went there, it was a good vibe for me,” Tuitt said, who added his family and friends keep him up to date on the 2016 class. “Everyone keeps telling me and they know before I do. They tell me that our class is ranked No. 3. It’s ridiculous. Our class is going to be crazy. We’ve got the best quarterback coming, the No. 1 offensive lineman coming, you’ve got me coming. Supposedly we’ve got some other guys coming that I don’t know about. It should be a good class.”
Tuitt added that most of the official visitors this weekend are already committed to the Rebels. Tuitt said he never thought about enrolling early for the spring.
“I wanted to get my whole senior year down,” he said before giving his thoughts on Ole Miss from someone who lives in Georgia. “Everyone who tells me they go to Ole Miss, they always enjoy it. I’ve enjoyed it. They all take about how hype it is there. Once you get to Ole Miss, all they talk about it Ole Miss football.”