Tillery talks commitment status

Speculation has swirled this spring that Notre Dame offensive line commit Jerry Tillery is exploring other options. He dishes the latest on where he stands with this commitment and recaps a recent visit from two Irish assistants.

Notre Dame assistant coaches Harry Hiestand and Kerry Cooks tag-teamed a visit on Tuesday to to Irish offensive line commit, four-star tackle Jerry Tillery of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian.

"It was great," Tillery said. "I already have a great relationship with them, so we were able to talk about lots of things. They said I'm already a big part of their 2015 recruiting class and that I have a chance to make a big impact at Notre Dame. My expectations for myself are that I push for early playing time and always perform well, so I'm expecting a big impact, too."

Tillery says he stays in contact with Hiestand at least once a week.

The 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman took the interview with Irisheyes.com on a bus ride on the way back to Shreveport. Tillery had just helped his track team win districts by contributing 20 points in the shot and discus. He'll compete in sectionals next week.

"That's mainly where my focus is right now," Tillery said. "Helping my team to keep advancing."

Tillery stands at 310 pounds right now, but he plans to drop some of that weight once the fall season starts.

Before Tillery competes in sectionals however, he'll visit Arkansas. Tillery made it clear the primary reason of the visit is to visit his friend and former teammate, wide receiver Jared Cornelius.

"It's not a football-related visit," Tillery said. "I'm visiting my friend who goes there."

Tillery also cleared the air about his visit to LSU on Feb. 15, the day of LSU's junior day.

"I went to Baton Rouge for a state academic conference," Tillery said. "That was why (I was there)."

When asked where he stood with his commitment to Notre Dame, he responded:

"I'm committed to Notre Dame. I plan on visiting sometime this summer."

Tillery will compete in The Opening this summer. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the class of 2015.

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