Another redshirt with an eligibility clock just getting started, Brandon Tiassum used his first year at Notre Dame to reshape his body as he got ready to contribute. Now he’ll look to take those gains to the depth chart, the chance to work his way into a potential two-deep player behind Jerry Tillery after a strong offseason.
6’3.5″, 302 lbs.
Sophomore, No. 77, DL
Tiassum camped at Notre Dame and earned his offer, but he was a three-star guy with middle-of-the-road offers. One of Indianapolis’ best prospects, he was invited to the Semper Fidelis All-Star game and was named a 2A All-State player.
Freshman Season (2015): Did not see action, preserving a year of eligibility.
WHAT WE SAID LAST YEAR
He redshirted. And took the year to get better.
Another redshirt candidate. Tiassum will get what he puts into this season. If that’s a year of working hard on the scout team, battling against one of the finest offensive lines in the country, that can only help him. But if it’s sleep walking through the season, then he’ll be in the same place next spring.
It’s hard not to see a kid with a good head on his shoulders when you see his recruiting video. And while he’s probably one of the more raw prospects in the class, he’s got great upside. So Tiassum fits into the RKG category. And that’s far from a bad thing.
That senior Isaac Rochell singled out Tiassum this camp as someone who impressed him bodes well for Tiassum. That it took some time for the light to go on should come as no surprise, with a jump from small-school Indiana high school football to a major college program sizable.
If Tiassum is going to be more than a program player, he’ll have to show it to the staff first. As far as recruiting profiles go, he was a borderline prospect from the start, so Tiassum will need to excel as a identify-and-develop project, a moldable prospect whose work ethic seems to matchup with a physical profile the staff likes.
Get on the field and this year is a success. With Micah Dew-Treadway injured and Grant Blankenship off the roster, perhaps there’s a better chance to do that than there was entering camp. But Tiassum right now is a big anonymous body in a jersey. You can like the physical profile and the kind words from Rochell, but he’s a complete wild card.
Realistically, Tiassum is a long way from the field, but he’s got a chance to play if the Irish get a game out of hand or injuries hit. So while he’s certainly moved the needle in the right direction, my expectations are still limited—impressive if he finds his way into the college game.
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