Florida State safety commit Calvin Brewton ready to visit Notre Dame
A chance to see something different has lured Calvin Brewton to visit Notre Dame.
The senior safety prospect from Miami Central High School has long been on the Irish radar. Recruiting coordinator Tony Alford helped convince Brewton to use an official visit to South Bend despite his verbal commitment to Florida State.
“He’s been trying to get me up because he thinks by visiting Notre Dame, it could change my mind,” Brewton said. “Notre Dame is a place I’ve never seen before. It’s something different.”
The three-star recruit will visit Notre Dame for its game Saturday against Stanford. He has been committed to Florida State since January and received an offer from the Irish in February.
“Notre Dame is a school that has been recruiting me for a long time,” Brewton said. “I’ve been trying to get up there for a visit. It’s a school that always stood out.”
Brewton’s visit comes well-timed for Notre Dame. In the last couple weeks, the Irish have targeted more safeties in hopes of adding a third commitment to the 2015 class at the position.
Brewton could certainly fill that void alongside Irish commits Prentice McKinney and Nicco Fertitta. 247Sports slates Brewton as the No. 24 safety prospect in the 2015 class. Rivals ranks him No. 34 at the position.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder chose Florida State in part because of the path the school could give him to the NFL as a defensive back.
“I felt Florida State was the perfect fit,” Brewton said. “It’s a school that produces a lot of DBs. Being a versatile DB, I like how they use their DBs and put players into the league.”
Brewton likes to think of himself as more than just a safety. At Miami Central, Brewton plays a mix of safety and corner while often being used in man coverage against the opponent’s best receiver. His versatility has attracted a number of schools.
“They see me as a guy that can play safety and corner,” Brewton said. “Not too many DBs can play both positions.”
His visit to Notre Dame is the only one scheduled away from Florida State. He visited Tallahassee for the win over Clemson and plans to return for an official visit when the Seminoles host the Irish later this month. Brewton said he’s been open with the Florida State coaching staff about his visit to Notre Dame and claims it is not a result of the rocky, yet undefeated, start for the Seminoles this season.
“Everybody is going to play Florida State hard,” Brewton said. “People want to say that Florida State has been struggling these past few games, but when you’re ranked No. 1 in the country, everybody is going to try to come at you with their best performance and try to knock you off.”
At the same time, Brewton has found the time to watch Notre Dame play.
“I’ve paid attention weekly,” he said.
And his thoughts on the Irish?
“Consistent,” Brewton said. “It takes a consistent team to win national championships and go undefeated.”
Brewton, who received a personal phone call from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday, is now set to see in person the team he’s watched from afar. A strong impression could make Brewton think twice about his commitment.
“He told me he’s looking forward to me getting out there,” Brewton said. “I want to check out the environment, the atmosphere. I know they have a great tradition.”