It's no secret that NC State is in dire need of defensive backs and the position will likely get heavy recruiting attention throughout 2005. The Pack landed one of South Carolina's premier DB's this past February when they inked JC Neal and they'll be looking for a possible repeat when signing day arrives next February.
Ameer Salahudin from TL Hannah High School in Anderson, South Carolina is already receiving mention as one of the Palmetto State's top cover corners for the class of 2006. That reputation is built largely on a solid junior campaign during which Salahudin registered 44 tackles, 17 pass breakups and six interceptions.
At 5-10, 180 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Salahudin isn't the most physically imposing prospect but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in heart and tenacity. He is relentless on wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and has the ability to cover all over the field.
So far, Salahudin reports verbal offers from Maryland, Clemson, Kentucky and NC State. Wolfpack RB coach Dick Portee heads up recruiting in South Carolina and he's already left a positive impression on the rising senior.
"As far as talking to the coach, he's the running back coach at State and he's a nice guy," said Salahudin. "He's very outgoing. He seems cool but, you know, I like the program. I looked on the computer about the weight room, academics and stuff like that. The stuff they've been sending me, I really like. I would like to go visit them but I don't think I'm going to be able to camp there. The only camp I know for sure I'm going to is the Nike Camp. I'd like to go to Clemson but I'm not sure if I will or not."
Salahudin was a regular at Clemson home games last year and if the Tigers' offer becomes official, they could be tough to beat. They were also the first team mentioned when the speedy CB was asked the schools at the top of his early wish list.
"I like Clemson because they're building their new facilities. The coaches are cool there. South Carolina, at first if was kind of iffy but now I like them a little bit better than when I went up there for junior day. Georgia Tech is close and I like Atlanta. I would love to go to Miami because I love the area. They're not recruiting me though. NC State is basically in there just like everyone else. Right now, all my options are open."
With recruiting in the just the infant stages, it is likely Salahudin's college decision is quite a ways down the road. When the time comes, however, he knows what will play the biggest part in selecting that final school.
"Basically I would love to start my freshman year," he said. "That's it because I know I can do it."