Lukusa has Irish in top 6

Traverse City (Mich.) High 2016 four-star offensive guard Thiyo Lukusa explains why Notre Dame landed in his top six and where he stands on Notre Dame's board.

Junior offensive guard Thiyo Lukusa of Traverse City (Mich.) High took to Twitter on Monday night to announce his top six schools.

Making the cut included Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Of those schools, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State have extended offers.

Lukusa first visited Notre Dame last season when the Irish took on USC, and more recently, he visited South Bend on Oct. 11 for Notre Dame's win over North Carolina.

"I really like [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Matt) LaFleur," Lukusa said."I loved campus and the people at Notre Dame. Everybody was really nice and welcoming, and it definitely felt like a family. I like Coach (Brian) Kelly a lot too."

"I love the winning atmosphere of Notre Dame and the lack of tolerance they have for losing," Lukusa added. "That's my kind of thing."

Notre Dame has received one offensive line commitment so far in the 2016 class, four-star offensive tackle Tommy Kramer of Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder.

"They (Notre Dame) said that I'm high up there on their list," Lukusa said. "They talked about camp this summer, but then they said I probably wouldn't have to go (to get offered)."

Lukusa has visited Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State thus far, and he's eyeing upcoming trips to the remaining schools in his top six.

"I'm visiting Georgia when they play Georgia Tech (Nov. 29), and I'm visiting Auburn either this weekend for the Texas A&M game or I may visit Michigan State. If I don't get to Nebraska for a football game, I'll visit for a basketball game."

Planning to enroll early, the 6-foot-6, 293-pound lineman has an approaching decision date.

"I was gong to commit on Dec. 1, but I decided that was too early," Lukusa said. "Time is dwindling though, so it will probably be sometime this winter or this spring."

For Lukusa, he believes his game is a constant work in progress.

"I have a lot to work on," he said. "I have a mean streak and I like to hit people and I'm good at run blocking. I still need to work more on my pass protection technique. I'm decent on pass pro, but I need to get better with my technique."

Lukusa is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 6 offensive guard in the class of 2016.


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