Commitment Capsule: Brandon Tiassum

Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum committed to Notre Dame on Sunday. We have had a chance to see him several times through the last year. Here is a closer look at his recruitment and his abilities.

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Brandon Tiassum profile

Pos Rank: #34 DT
State Rank: #12
6-5 | 285
Defensive Tackle
Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor

His Recruiting Story:
Tiassum played as a sophomore for Park Tudor, recording ten sacks and began lightly hearing from schools at that point, but he first made is mark at the NIKE Football Training Camp the spring before his junior year. He would camp at Indiana that summer and earned his first offer there. After a junior year in which he recorded 83 tackles and 11.5 sacks, he picked up additional offers from Louisville and Notre Dame in the spring. After visiting the Irish early in June, he gave his verbal commitment to Brian Kelly and his staff.

"Going to Notre Dame means my family can come and see me and my games regularly. There aren't any football schools better than Notre Dame for academics. Usually you have to go to Harvard or MIT to get that kind of quality."

Where We've Seen Him: Chicago NFTC (2013), Core 6 Showcase (2014), Columbus NFTC (2014), IMG 7 on 7 (2014), Highlight Film (2012, 2013)

Scouting Report:
Tiassum has great size and good athleticism at that size. He is very light on his feet and can move and change directions like a smaller player. He is fluid, gets off the ball quickly and has quick hands. His length allows him to win when he's able to extend his arms and keep offensive linemen from getting into his chest, but he needs to do that more consistently. He wins with finesse and his swim move, but does not always play with good leverage and must get stronger. He has seen good competition at camps, but does not see it on a weekly basis at his high school. He will have to make that adjustment come college. We would also like to see him play with more consistent motor.

Tiassum is very physically gifted. We see him as a kid who needs some time and molding, so he is not likely to be an instant contributor, but with next level coaching and the Irish's strength and conditioning program, he will have a chance to capitalize on his considerable upside. He will play the three technique for them, a spot where his quickness and ability to get up the field and be disruptive will be assets.

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