USAAAB: Tillery enjoying Army experience

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Notre Dame lineman recruit Jerry Tillery discusses the recruiting process, Brian Kelly's in-home, and what's it been like to compete in San Antonio thus far.

Following Notre Dame's 31-28 victory over LSU on Tuesday in the Music City Bowl, Notre Dame commit and Louisiana native Jerry Tillery tweeted: "I knew I made the best pick. #MusicCityBowl #Irish"

"It was incredible, fun to watch," Tillery said. "After community service, we were able to watch the fourth quarter. To win the game, that's all I wanted. I know Kyle Brindza was struggling some this year, but he came through when we needed it, and that's great for the team."

The 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman took multiple visits to LSU this season, but Tillery maintained he was solid to Notre Dame throughout.

"It was pretty much taking advantage of the recruiting process," Tillery said. "It's a cool atmosphere down there, but I've known from the beginning what I wanted. I was clear with everyone from the beginning, and they understood, and it wasn't a problem with anyone."

Tillery's in-home visit from Brian Kelly occurred last month.

"It went great," Tillery said. "Coach Kelly had jambalaya and fried catfish for the first time, and he loved it," Tillery said. "My mom cooked that for him, and it was special. He really enjoyed it and it was a good visit."

Tillery and his fellow Irish commits have been in the ear of UCLA tight end commit and Irish target Alize Jones this week.

"He's obviously a great player and he would be great to have at Notre Dame with us," Tillery said. "We're just trying to tell him how great it would be at Notre Dame. He's pretty tough to read, so we'll see."

In two days of practice in San Antonio, Tillery has been utilized in multiple spots on the offensive line.

"I've been playing left guard, right guard, left tackle and right tackle," Tillery said. "I just like to play football, so it's been fun. It's been fun playing with my future teammate (center Tristen Hoge). He's a great player, so we have a bright future at Notre Dame."

Tillery says his focus this week is soaking up the unique experience that comes with being an All-American.

"I just want to come play football. I don't have anything to prove to anybody. It's a fun environment and atmosphere here in San Antonio."

Tillery is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 21 offensive tackle in the class of 2015.

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