With the playoffs approaching, Thiyo Lukusa wasn’t sure his Traverse City West High School coach would allow him the time off to visit Notre Dame this weekend, but the 2016 Michigan offensive lineman did get his coach’s blessing.
“He just said it’s a highly important thing for me to get down there and get the experience, so he said he’d understand,” the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder said.
Lukusa is looking forward to it.
“I am excited,” the sophomore offensive lineman said. “I’ve never been to South Bend. Notre Dame is just a cool school, so I want to see what it’s like down there.”
He doesn’t know too much about Notre Dame’s program at this point, but what he does know is positive.
“I know they have a successful history and that’s about it,” he said. “I don’t know too much about Notre Dame.”
Lukusa has been hearing from a host of major programs already and even has an early offer from Michigan State.
“It’s humbling,” he said of the offer from the Spartans. “It’s crazy. It’s really great to have one, but I’m going to keep getting better.”
Lukusa believes his pass blocking and outside run blocking are his biggest strengths.
He’s already made a few unofficial visits this fall.
“I’ve been to Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern and that’s about it, just the Big Ten schools,” said Lukusa. “They’ve all been great. They’re all nice schools and it’s nice to go to them.”
He’ll be looking to take in the atmosphere at Notre Dame on Saturday.
“The most important thing to me is academics, but I can’t really evaluate that, so the things I’ll look at the most is probably the team, how the coaches treat their guys and what it’s like before the game,” Lukusa said.
The 2016 prospect says he’ll definitely return for a more in-depth visit to South Bend to check out the academic side of things in the future.
Education and comfort will be the biggest factors when Lukusa starts evaluating schools.
“The degree I can take with me from school and where I can go afterward and then just how much of a family it is; if it’s more of a family setting or a job setting.”