Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) three-star safety Devin Studstill announced his commitment for Notre Dame on ESPN radio on Tuesday evening.
Showtime Networks’ “A Season With” had a profound effect on his decision.
“Notre Dame provides so much,” Studstill said. “The Fighting Irish show had a big impact and I got to see how things worked there. So that was great and very positive for me.
“Very prestigious school. It carries weight everywhere. That’s very attractive.”
Studstill offered a silent commitment to Notre Dame when Brian Kelly and assistant Autry Denson conducted an in-home visit in the first week of December.
“They came down and talked to my family,” Studstill said. “I silently committed to them during that visit. Then they found out I was visiting Texas last weekend, and they got re-nervous and re-anxious. Every single last (Notre Dame) coach hit me up the day before I went on the visit. I’m true to my word.”
“There’s been a lot of stress about finishing classes early, doubling up on classes,” Studstill said. It’s been a lot, but it’s what you signed up for. I want to play as early as I can, so it’s good to get up there early. It’s a competition. You are trying to get as much mental reps and work in the weight room to beat out the competition.
“It’s like a weight off my shoulders. A lot of people would give their left arm to be recruited this much, but it was stressful.”
Studstill’s former teammate is Irish freshman linebacker Te’von Coney.
“At first over the summer, (Coney) was bothering me every day about (Notre Dame). He was telling me how badly the coaches wanted me. That’s my boy.”
Studstill’s dad, Darren Studstill, played quarterback at West Virginia, a finalist in Studstill’s decision, in the 1990s.
“Dad was pretty hands’ off,” Studstill said. “He was really supportive the entire time.”
Studstill took his first visit to Notre Dame in June for Irish Invasion. He returned in October on an official visit for the Irish’s win over USC.
Studstill is Notre Dame’s fifth defensive back commitment in 2016 and 20th overall commitment.