Florida safety Spencer Perry committed to Notre Dame on Monday, a little over a week after visiting campus for the Irish Invasion camp. The move followed Perry’s de-commitment from in-state power Florida, taking the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from a Gator pledge to a member of Notre Dame’s rapidly growing 2016 recruiting class.
Perry also had offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Auburn and several other programs. But the IMG Academy product didn’t take long to see Notre Dame and decide he needed to be in South Bend.
Perry will join teammate Tony Jones in the 2016 class, adding another key chip at a position of need. He also adds a really unique athlete with the type of length teams covet at safety, and the physicality to play either in-the-box or in center field.
Perry stepped up his announcement game, putting together a highlight video via Facebook to announce the decision. (See the above tweet.) Ever since visiting campus, he’s spoken highly of Notre Dame, and it’s a big recruiting victory for new secondary coach Todd Lyght.
How Perry fits into Notre Dame’s future plans is obvious. Landing another safety, especially one with the pedigree of Perry, is a huge victory for the rebooted recruiting staff of the Irish.
That Notre Dame now has key commitments from three Florida natives, with Autry Denson and Lyght each pulling a player from one of the state’s premier pipeline programs is worth noting, especially after the departure of Tony Alford and Kerry Cooks.
If all things hold, Notre Dame will enter July with 10 recruits, a much better place than where they were even a month ago. The Irish Invasion camp and getting prospects to South Bend continues to be a benefit for Notre Dame’s staff, allowing them to offer, evaluate and accept the commitment from Jalen Elliott, Jamir Jones, Kevin Stepherson and Perry.