A dream come true

2015 offensive tackle Jerry Tillery of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian talks about why he decided not to wait one day longer to commit to his childhood dream school.

Rising junior offensive tackle Jerry Tillery of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian grew up a Notre Dame fan, and this weekend, he officially decided to join the Notre Dame family.

"It feels so great," Tillery said. "For this dream of mine to be realized, it feels amazing. Yesterday (Friday), we got a grand tour of campus, and it exceeded all of my expectations. It was my first trip to South Bend, and it was perfect."

Tillery said the staff laid it out simply for him - make your dream come true.

"The coaches knew that I loved Notre Dame and that it had always been a dream of mine, so they said why wait," Tillery said. "So, I decided not to wait and wanted to commit."

"I talked it over with my parents, and then I was in the conference center at the Gug (Guglielmino Athletic Complex)," Tillery said. "All of the coaches were there except for Brian Kelly, who went out of town. I met Coach Kelly on Thursday, though. He was on the phone the entire time I was committing. All of the coaches were really happy."

Tillery chose Notre Dame over offers from the likes of Arkansas, Stanford and Texas A&M as well as interest from LSU. He says he's no longer on the market.

"I'm done with the recruiting process," Tillery said. "Everything's over, I'm going to Notre Dame."

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