Coach Brian Kelly received his 9th verbal commitment for the 2015 class today from DT Brandon Tiassum (Indianapolis, IN - Park Tudor). He is listed at 6'5"/285 lbs.
Tiassum committed to the staff in person during his visit today and previously visited South Bend for Junior Day in early March. He chose Notre Dame over offers from Miami (FL), Cincinnati, Louisville and Boston College.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - 3 star
Rivals - 3 star (#24 DT, #4 IN), 5.7 Grade
Scout - 3 star (#34 DT)
247Sports - 4 star (#21 DT, #4 IN), 90 Grade
247Sports Composite Score - 3 star (0.8668), #545 Overall (#33 DT, #6 IN)
His hudl highlights can be viewed HERE.
Tiassum, like nearly all linemen, will probably need a redshirt season in 2015 before working his way into the rotation in 2016 and beyond. He can take the season to work on adding and redistributing weight, while refining his technique against collegiate linemen in practice.
Tiassum should develop into a true space-eater along the defensive line during his career in South Bend. Like so many high school athletes, he gets by at the prep level by being bigger and stronger that the opposition. His camp and game highlights show a tendency to play a bit high (likely a result of his size). Under the tutelage of DL Coach Mike Elston, he should develop into a regular contributor and potentially a starter as an upperclassman. He is probably flying a bit under the radar on the national level currently, and will likely move up the rankings after the summer camp circuit.
Welcome to Notre Dame Brandon!