Film Study: Notre Dame DT commit Brandon Tiassum

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

DT commit Brandon Tiassum, 6-4, 296, Indianapolis Park Tudor

The numbers: Tiassum spent plenty of time in opposing backfields as a senior. He racked up 91 tackles, 18 for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked field goals. Park Tudor (2-9) ended its season with a loss in the sectional semifinal round.

The rankings: Rivals — Three stars, No. 30 DT. 247Sports — Three stars, No. 28 DT.

FILM BREAKDOWN

First impression: Tiassum is a big-bodied defensive lineman with a quick burst off the ball. He has a long way to go with his technique, but his relative athleticism gives him plenty of room to grow. Projecting Tiassum is tough because of the weaker competition he played against on a weekly basis.

Strengths: Size won’t be an issue for Tiassum. He will come to Notre Dame pushing 300 pounds and ready to take on the bruising of playing on the interior. Tiassum, who also played basketball in high school, is nimble on his feet for his size. His snap recognition allows him to get a jump at times and a quicker path to the backfield. Tiassum shows good awareness in deflecting passes and field goals.

He did what? (:43) Tiassum shows his quickness in shutting down a read option. Tiassum is intentionally unblocked, but he penetrates so quickly that the quarterback can’t avoid him on a keeper. A handoff to the running back would have been just as futile … (3:09) Tiassum drives the center backward at the snap and knocks him all the way into his own running back, which takes down both offensive players … (5:07) Tiassum blows through a double team and brings down the running back at the line of scrimmage.

Competition level: Park Tudor is in the smallest classification of Indiana high school football. Not many of the schools Tiassum played against as a senior had anyone near the size and strength of him. The leap from his high school competition to Notre Dame will be drastic.

Left to prove: Teaching technique will be the first order of business with Tiassum. For much of his high school career, Tiassum could rely on being better than the offensive linemen he was asked to face. Those times will be long gone when he arrives at Notre Dame. Tiassum will need to keep his pad level lower and use his hands to prevent offensive linemen from controlling him. In high school, Tiassum could simply lean against his man and push him off whenever he wanted. Allowing an open shot at his chest to a college offensive lineman is one of the worst mistakes Tiassum can make. Notre Dame should have the luxury of shaping him into a more precise defensive tackle with a redshirt season.

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Notre Dame defensive tackle commit Brandon Tiassum recently played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)