Notre Dame received a commitment from Florida defensive back Devin Studstill Tuesday evening, the 20th recruit in the 2016 class. Studstill made the news official on a local ESPN radio affiliate, giving the Irish one of Florida’s most talented and versatile defensive backs.
At 6’1″ and 180 pounds, Studstill picked Notre Dame over Texas, West Virginia, North Carolina and Miami, among other offers. He was one of the first defensive backs to get offered in the 2016 recruiting cycle by this Irish coaching staff and will be an early enrollee, set to arrive in South Bend in early January.
Studstill hails from the same high school that brought Notre Dame Te’von Coney. He’s been on campus multiple times, first visiting for the summer camp Irish Invasion before taking an official visit in October. Autry Denson was his main recruiter.
Studstill credited Showtime’s “A Season With Notre Dame” as a big factor in his commitment, a feather in the cap for Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff’s strategy of letting people inside the walls of the program.
Studstill brings another defensive back to a class that’s heavy at the position—a group that needs numbers as they prepare for the departure of Elijah Shumate and the potential loss of KeiVarae Russell. Notre Dame isn’t done chasing corners and safeties either, they’ll stay on national targets like Damar Hamlin and Jordan Fuller, who was on campus last weekend.
Studstill is Notre Dame’s fifth prospect from the state of Florida in the 2016 recruiting class, a group that showcases Notre Dame’s ability to still succeed there even without Tony Alford.