"Yes they did," Tiassum said. "I talked to one of their coaches on Twitter (Eric White). He just said I need to start building a relationship with their coaches. Just to learn more about Syracuse and see what Syracuse has to offer."
The communication from White was the first he had heard from the Orange. But that doesn't mean he doesn't know anything about the school.
"That was the first I had heard from them," Tiassum said. "I know they've had some pretty impressive players come out of there and go pro. Most people know about Syracuse for basketball, but their football program is prestigious as well."
"Anytime a school like Syracuse reaches out, you have to have them pretty high up on your board. Syracuse is a great school to get into and getting a degree from Syracuse is a really big thing. Holding a degree from there can hold a lot of weight around the country. They're pretty high up on my board."
Now that Syracuse has reached out, Tiassum is hoping to visit next month in order to check out the program in person.
"Yeah sometime in April I'll probably head up there," Tiassum said. "I don't know quite yet. I have to see how my schedule works out. I want to see how the organization is and how things are done. To see if I'll be able to play early.
"Just how the school is and to see if it's the best educational fit for me. To see if it's where I want to be and if it puts me in the best situation for me to succeed in life."
The three-star prospect believes he has more offers coming on the horizon. Several schools have shown a lot of interest in the 6-foot-5 defensive lineman.
" I'm just trying to branch outside the Midwest to show coaches across the country that I'm a talent."
Tiassum says he has no favorites and it is still very early in his recruiting process.