Tiassum 'grateful' for Irish offer

Defensive tackle Brandon Tiassum of Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor plans to make a final decision before his senior year. He was offered by Notre Dame on Friday, and he explains how the Irish will play a big part in that decision-making process.

When Irish defensive line coach told Brandon Tiassum that he was being offered by Notre Dame on Friday, the three-star defensive tackle was taken by surprise.

"I was hoping that I would get offered by Notre Dame at Irish Invasion in three weeks," Tiassum said. "To have this offer come now is awesome. I'm just so grateful."

Elson and Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder stopped by Indianapolis' Park Tudor, Tiassum's high school, on Tuesday.

"When I called Coach Elston today, he said that he and Coach VanGorder really liked what they saw when they saw me in person this week," Tiassum said. "He said they brought my name up in a recruiting meeting and they all said it was about time that they offered me."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman, who was offered by Notre Dame as a three-technique, is attracted to what Notre Dame has to offer.

"Notre Dame is historically a great football school, and they have great family aspects," Tiassum said. "It's close to home, and their degree pretty much has priority over most colleges in the country."

Tiassum still plans to visit Notre Dame in June, though it may not be for Irish Invasion.

"I have to talk to Coach Elston and figure out when he wants me to come up," Tiassum said. "It might be in the next couple of weeks instead of June 20."

Tiassum plans to camp at Ohio State this summer, and he's visiting Indiana on June 9. He also plans to visit Tennessee and Michigan State.

No leaders so far for the in-state lineman.

"I have to sit down with my family and coaches and talk about that," Tiassum said. "I don't have any leaders right now, but I probably will in July."

Tiassum plans to announce his final college destination before his senior year begins.

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