4-Star defensive lineman Devan Houstan commits to Notre Dame Football

On Saturday 4-Star defensive lineman Devan Houstan from St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, announced his commitment to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and its 2023 recruiting class. The 6’5 ”270 pounder ranks in and around the top 200 across all networks, and chose the Irish over finalists such as the Michigan Wolverines, Penn State Nittany Lions, Northwestern Wildcats, Pittsburgh Panthersand others.

Houstan, who is originally from Canada, is already a massive individual. While he has the skillset to play a three technique at Notre dame – he is likely a candidate to work at the nose.

247’s Evaluation:

Verified size with position intrigue as a defensive lineman or offensive lineman. Recruited to play defensive and has scheme versatility in a 4-3 or 3-4. Brother of Michigan basketball player Caleb Houstan. Plays both ways on football field and has multi-sport profile as basketball player. Possesses strength and thickness throughout frame. Is a physical, aggressive player. Competes from play to play. Productive on defense with 50 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks in eight games in 2021. Explosive at snap and covers ground quickly. Shows closing speed when moving down hill. Has active hands and shows solid technique with swim and spin moves. Able to sink hips and win leverage battles and combines stack-and-shed ability with re-direction along line of scrimmage. Shows ability to anchor and be tough against run. Plays heavy-handed and can drive offensive lineman back and collapse pocket when lining up inside. Best suited to play on the interior of defensive line. Plays with energy and effort but has to improve speed to chase play and be more impactful on back side pursuit in college. Improving change of direction lateral movement will increase athleticism and play-making ability. Improving move combinations is important. Multi-year starts at Top 20 program. Has late round NFL draft potential with ability to improve upon it.

Houstan is the 12th commitment of the 2023 class – a class that now represents 9 different states. The Irish continue to build on the lead they hold with the # 1 recruiting class in that nation (for the moment).

2023 Notre Dame Football Commit List (12)

THE Keon Keeley FL 6’5 “ 230 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/28/21
THE Brenan Vernon OH 6’5 “ 245 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/29/21
S Adon Shuler NJ 6’0 “ 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 08/15/21
TEA Cooper Flanagan CA 6’5 “ 225 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 09/02/21
RB Sedrick Irvin FL 5’11 “ 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 09/22/21
LB Drayk Bowen IN 6’2 “ 215 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 11/03/21
S Peyton Bowen TX 6’0 “ 185 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/01/22
LB Preston Zinter MA 6’2 “ 220 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/11/22
WR Braylon James TX 6’3 “ 185 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/19/22
OL Sam Pendleton NC 6’4 “ 295 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/25/22
DL Boubacar Traore MA 6’5 “ 240 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/27/22
DL Devan Houstan MD 6’5 “ 270 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 05/07/22

Notre Dame has built a very strong defensive line group in the 2023 class, and still may add one more in the coming months. Al Washington has done a tremendous job since taking over for Mike Elston, who already had really good depth up and down the line as it is.

2023 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Chart

Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th / 6th Year
Position / Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior 5th / 6th Year
Quarterback Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus Drew Pyne
Running Back Sedrick Irvin Jadarian Price Audric Estime, Logan Diggs Chris Tyree
Tight End Cooper Flanagan Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman
Wide Receiver Braylon James Tobias Merriweather Deion Colzie, Lorenzo Styles, Jayden Thomas
Center Ashton Craig Pat Coogan Zeke Correll
Guard Sam Pendleton Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler Andrew Kristofic
Tackle Joey Tanona, Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker
Defensive Tackle Boubacar Traore, Devan Houstan Tyson Ford, Donovan Hinish Gabe Rubio Rylie Mills, Aidan Keanaaina Howard Cross, NaNa Osafo Mensah
Defensive End Keon Keeley, Brenan Vernon Joshua Burnham, Aiden Gobaira Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrensberger Isaiah Foskey, Osita Ekwonu
Linebacker Drayk Bowen, Preston Zinter Nolan Ziegler, Junior Tuihalamaka, Jaylen Sneed Prince Kollie Jordan Botelho Jack Kiser, Marist Liufau, JD Bertrand
Safety Adon Shuler, Peyton Bowen Jayden Bellamy Justin Walters Xavier Watts, Ramon Henderson
Cornerback Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Philip Riley, Chance Tucker Clarence Lewis Cam Hart
Specialists Bryce McFerson (P) Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS)
Totals 12/85 (12) 33/85 (21) 56/85 (23) 70/85 (14) 80/85 (10)

5th year eligibility moving forward is not represented on this chart due to COVID year. May be subject to change.

This is a nice pickup for the Irish and a big win. The Irish continue to win out on the trail and are pulling in blue-chip talent with every commitment.

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