Devin Aupiu familiarized himself with Notre Dame from a distance.

The three-star defensive end from Oxnard (Calif.) Pacifica High never has been to South Bend. The COVID-19 pandemic kept him from making his first trip. So Aupiu took a crash course on the Irish virtually after receiving a scholarship offer a couple weeks ago.

They left such a lasting impression on Aupiu that he flipped his verbal commitment from UCLA to Notre Dame on Wednesday, announcing the news via Twitter. He had been pledged to the Bruins since April.

47Sports ranks the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Aupiu as its No. 30 outside linebacker and No. 410 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, while Rivals pegs him as its No. 40 weakside defensive end.

“The football culture at Notre Dame is second to none,” Aupiu told the Tribune last Friday before making his decision public. “You can’t compare it to anywhere else. The whole school and the whole community is all in when it comes to football games.”

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