While most of the focus has been on the recent uncertainty at quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class, the Irish went a long way towards shoring up their defensive line with the weekend commitment of Brandon Tiassum. The Indianapolis native committed to Notre Dame on Sunday, giving the Irish a run-stopping disruptor at defensive tackle, the first defensive lineman in the recruiting class.
The second Indiana prospect to commit to the Irish, Tiassum joins linebacker Josh Barajas as Hoosier State prospects that Notre Dame is collecting. With various reports putting Tiassum around 6-foot-4 or 6-5, and in the 280-pound range, he’s a big body that plays a very disruptive brand of football. He has a 4-star rating from 247, and the other major services rank him as a 3-star prospect.
Tiassum visited South Bend this weekend with his mother and it didn’t take long for him to commit to the Irish. Here’s what Tiassum told Jake Brown of Irish Illustrated, one of many quotes from the weekend that give you an idea of how Tiassum feels about Notre Dame.
“It’s just at the end it was like why go anywhere else,” Tiassum said. “They’ve already committed to me by giving me a full scholarship. There’s no point in going anywhere else. Why carry this on longer than you have to?”
Rumors swirled this weekend that the Irish were close to reeling in a defensive line prospect. By those focused on Cincinnati’s Elijah Taylor, a Moeller prospect who is reportedly down to the Irish and Ohio State. If the Irish were able to snag both interior players, Brian VanGorder’s haul at defensive tackle would be very strong.
With the Irish in the middle of a busy recruiting month, Notre Dame’s class is back to nine commitments. Tiassum joins Barajas, Nicco Fertitta and Prentice McKinney on the defensive side of the football.