Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy safety Spencer Perry is among five mid-year enrollees in Notre Dame’s 2016 class. Perry arrives at Notre Dame this weekend and starts classes next week.
“I’m excited to go to class and work out with the team,” Perry said. “It’s been a long process, but I’m proud to officially be a student-athlete at the greatest university in the country.”
Perry, who says he currently checks in at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, projects as a strong safety for Notre Dame.
The three-star prospect had surgery on his shoulder back in September after suffering a partly torn labrum. He missed the rest of his senior season.
“Recovery is going well,” Perry said. “I’ll be fine. I’m not full speed yet, but I’m close.”
Perry graduated from IMG in December and spent the holidays with his mom, dad, and sister in Atlanta, where his family lives. He took his official visit to Notre Dame for the USC game in October, and that’s when he got a taste of what winter weather is like in Indiana.
“It’s going to be frigid when I get up there next week, but I’m happy it’s going to be cold,” Perry said.
Perry flipped his commitment from Florida to Notre Dame in June. Irish assistants Autry Denson and Todd Lyght headed his recruitment to Notre Dame.
Perry and Studstill stepping foot on campus in January could result in early playing time for the Florida natives. Notre Dame may return just 11 defensive backs and five safeties (sixth-year senior Avery Sebastian, senior Max Redfield, junior Drue Tranquill, sophomore Nicco Fertitta and red-shirt freshman Mykelti Williams).
Notre Dame has commitments from four safeties – D.J. Morgan, Perry, Studstill and Donte Vaughn. Three other defensive backs contribute to the Class of 2016, including Jalen Elliott (combo cornerback/safety), Julian Love (nickel/cornerback), and Troy Pride Jr. (cornerback).
Notre Dame is recruiting uncommitted cornerback Jordan Fuller, who took an official visit to Notre Dame in December. Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State and UCLA are among the competition to land the four-star defensive back.