Former Florida commit Spencer Perry commits to Notre Dame

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Spencer Perry has the size and raw ability to make college coaches ponder enthusiastically what he’ll eventually turn into on the college level.

How ever the Florida prep standout safety evolves, he’ll apparently be doing it at Notre Dame.

Once a part of the Florida Gators’ recruiting class, Perry on Monday became verbal commitment No. 10 in Notre Dame’s 2016 class and its second safety in the group.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound three-star prospect from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., joins high school teammate Tony Jones Jr., a running back, in the Irish class.

“You like the size he brings to your secondary,” assessed Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting for 247Sports. “Just a physical football player, a guy that likes to hit. There’s a lot of upside from that physical standpoint.

“He’s a guy who can be a presence in the run game, and maybe he’ll be an outside linebacker down the road with that frame. Football is evolving. He’s a safety now, and Notre Dame is happy to have him as a safety.''

Perry is the third player from the state of Florida in the class, a number that could swell to four Thursday if offensive guard Parker Boudreaux, as some expect, commits to ND on his announcement date.

Perry also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others. He attended the Irish Invasion camp/recruiting event June 19 on the ND campus and decommitted from Florida three days later.

“Notre Dame is a special place,” he texted at the time when asked for an interview.

Jalen Elliott, of Chesterfield, Va., was the first safety to commit to the Irish.

ND could take one or two more at the position, with its top remaining target being Devin Studstill of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

I'm extremely blessed to be committed to The University of Notre Dame. #TheComeUp IRISH STRONG! Bringing that boom! pic.twitter.com/QxyHSTIqWJ

— A.$.A.P Perry (@Black___Jesus7) June 29, 2015//

Notre Dame football prospect Spencer Perry participates in Irish Invasion Friday, June 19, 2015 in South Bend. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ 
Notre Dame football prospect, Spencer Perry runs a drill during Irish Invasion Friday, June 19, 2015 in South Bend. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ 
Notre Dame football prospect Perry Spencer participates in Irish Invasion Friday, June 19, 2015 in South Bend. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ