Irish offer Florida safety

Notre Dame continues to hit Florida hard during the spring evaluation period. On Thursday, the Irish offered a three-star safety from the Sunshine State with the potential to play on either side of the ball.

Tallahassee (Fla.) North Christian three-star safety Korey Charles found out he had added a Notre Dame offer Thursday when he read a text message sent by his head coach.

“I guess I wasn’t surprised to get that text from my coach saying Notre Dame had offered me, but it was great news,” Charles said. “I like how Notre Dame runs its program. It’s very professional. I like the tradition they have. That could factor into my decision, but it won’t be the deciding factor.”

Charles plans to contact Notre Dame assistant Autry Denson in the near future.

“My coach gave me his number, and so I’m going to call him tonight,” Charles said. “I’ve never talked with a Notre Dame coach before, so I don’t know if Notre Dame likes me strictly as defensive back or as a wide receiver too. Some schools are saying that wide receiver is an option.”

The 5-foot-11, 168-pound safety has plans to camp at Florida, Clemson and Mississippi State this summer.

“I might get up to Notre Dame, but I have to run that by mom first,” Charles said. “They could get one of my officials, if I don’t get up there this summer, though.”

Charles played defensive back and running back last season and finished his junior campaign with more than 1,000 yards rushing. This season, Charles will play free safety, cornerback and some wide receiver.

“I like free safety because that’s where I’m most comfortable, but I pride myself on playing wherever coach needs me,” Charles said.

Charles has yet to name a group of leaders, and he has no immediate plans to trim his list, though schools recruiting him hardest include Florida, Miami and Mississippi State.

“Environment is the most important thing for me,” Charles said. “How campus is and what the vibe is like, and if I can see myself living there for the next four years. I want to play pretty early.”

Charles is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 73 safety in the Class of 2016. Top Stories