Notre Dame’s top free safety prospect since the spring evaluation period committed on Tuesday evening.
Devin Studstill of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) choose Notre Dame from a top five that included Miami, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. The versatile defensive back made the announcement on a local ESPN radio show.
Notre Dame first offered the three-star prospect in May of his junior year. That summer, Studstill named the Irish his leader.
But Studstill’s first trip to campus didn’t occur until almost a year later when he visited for Irish Invasion in June. The Irish almost picked up his commitment after that, but Studstill delayed his decision in favor of taking visits in the fall.
Notre Dame received an official visit from Studstill the weekend of Oct. 17 when the Irish played USC. He is Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive commitment (Khalid Kareem, Deon McIntosh, Daelin Hayes) to have made his official visit that weekend.
Brian Kelly and Notre Dame assistant Autry Denson conducted an in-home visit with Studstill on Dec. 3. Coaches from West Virginia and North Carolina made in-home visits the following week, and Texas received an official visit last weekend.
Studstill’s father, Darren Studstill, starred at quarterback for West Virginia in the early 1990s and went on to play defensive back in the NFL.
Studstill comes from the same school as Notre Dame freshman linebacker, Te’Von Coney.
Studstill is Notre Dame’s fifth commitment from the Florida in 2016 joining Parker Boudreaux, Tony Jones Jr., Spencer Perry and Kevin Stepherson. He also marks Notre Dame’s fifth defensive back commitment in the class joining Jalen Elliott, Julian Love, D.J. Morgan and Perry.
Notre Dame has 20 commitments in the Class of 2016. The Irish can take up to five more.