Florida safety targets Invasion

One of Notre Dame’s top safety prospects, Devin Studstill of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., caught up with Irish assistant Autry Denson and hopes to see South Bend in June.

Notre Dame wants Devin Studstill in South Bend.

That point was reinforced Wednesday by Irish assistant Autry Denson during a conversation with the three-star defensive back from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

“He gave me the recruiting spiel he tells everyone, and he said I’m on the top of their board at safety,” Studstill said. “He said I’m a pure safety and said really nice things about my game.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete learned he would have the opportunity to compete for early playing time at Notre Dame.

“He told me about the type of situation that I would be coming into,” Studstill said. “He said their safeties are leaving after this year, and they have three freshmen coming in, so anyone can win the job.”

Studstill took trips to Miami and West Virginia this spring. For now, the only scheduled summer visit is to Notre Dame for the invite-only Irish Invasion in June.

“I like the tradition of Notre Dame and the coaches and the academics,” Studstill said. “My old teammate, Te’von Coney, goes there, and he is loving it up there. So, I’m excited to check it out.”

Studstill has yet to name favorites and plans to take all five official visits in the fall before making a final decision. His offer list includes Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

“Mainly it will be about the school, not just football,” Studstill said. “I want to make sure I love the school even without football, and I want the academics to be slightly prestigious.”

Studstill is ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in Florida and the No. 74 cornerback overall in the Class of 2016.

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