Tiassum cant pass up ND
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Brandon Tiassum didn’t necessarily expect to leave Notre Dame as a verbal commitment.
Hours before making a Sunday trip to South Bend the defensive tackle from Indianapolis intended to stick with a more protracted recruiting time line. Instead Tiassum gave head coach Brian Kelly another member of the Class of 2015 recruiting haul, bringing the total to nine.
“It’s just at the end it was like why go anywhere else,” Tiassum said. “They’ve already committed to me by giving me a full scholarship. There’s no point in going anywhere else. Why carry this on longer than you have to?”
Tiassum chose the Irish over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
Defensive line coach Mike Elston, also the primary recruiter, gains his first commitment at the position in the Class of 2015. Notre Dame now has four commitments on defense: four-star linebacker Josh Barajas, safety Nicco Fertitta and four-star safety Prentice McKinney also included.
Tiassum plans to begin a little bit of his own recruiting in a couple weeks with a return for Irish Invasion camp. He wants to share why Notre Dame is was his top choice.
“It’s just the opportunity playing at Notre Dame is,” Tiassum said. “Not just on the field but academically it’s one of the most prestigious universities in the country for both football and academics. You just can’t pass that up.”
Elston envisions an interior defensive lineman in Tiassum, who sees a perfect fit between his skill set and a three technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
“Switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 they need more bigger, athletic guys that can move,” Tiassum said. “I can lead with my quickness off the ball. It just fits me perfectly as a three-technique in their system.”