Former Notre Dame safety Devin Studstill commits to USF


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Devin Studstill will get a chance to recharge his football career at South Florida.

The former Notre Dame safety announced Friday on Twitter that he had committed to the Bulls to complete his graduate transfer. The 6-foot, 200-pound Studstill hasn't been practicing with the Irish this spring and has been working towards receiving his degree in May.

A once promising career at Notre Dame had stalled for Studstill. As a freshman in 2016, Studstill started nine games and recorded 38 tackles, one tackle for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble. But Studstill never found his way back into the starting lineup after the Irish hired defensive coordinator Mike Elko following the 2016 season.

Studstill totaled 18 tackles in 11 games played in 2017. He played in only six games and made four tackles last season with Clark Lea running the defense.

When Studstill graduates from Notre Dame, he will be eligible to play one season immediately at USF in a return to his home state. The Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High product came to Notre Dame as a four-star recruit and the No. 11 safety in the 2016 class, per 247Sports. Rivals rated Studstill as a three-star recruit and the No. 45 athlete in the class.

“We love Devin,” Notre Dame head coach Kelly said in March. “We wish him the best. He really has done everything we’ve asked him to do — has been a great teammate, has worked his butt off. I think he’s in the best condition and best shape of his life. I expect him to do really well wherever he ends up.”

Go Bulls!

— Devin ⚡️tudstill (@StudSteezy) April 5, 2019

Notre Dame’s Devin Studstill is a favorite to watch playing a game of Knockout. “He’s very dramatic and elaborate with his techniques,’’ says teammate Julian Love.