Amerson Staying Patient

Dudley High standout David Amerson has been making the short drive from Greensboro to Raleigh frequently lately. A trio of unofficial visits have put NC State in great shape with the in-state star.

Dudley High standout David Amerson has been making the short drive from Greensboro to Raleigh frequently lately. A trio of unofficial visits have put NC State in great shape with the in-state star.

"I really like State," said Amerson. "I've been there three times in the last two weeks. I went up for an unofficial visit with my mom, and then I went and watched one of their camps a couple of days after that. Then I went to State last Thursday for their final day of camp.

"I really like State and everything. The biggest thing has been the chance to spend time with the players. I had a good time hanging out with them, and they were all down-to-earth an real cool. Good people... guys I can get along with."

Amerson's final visit was a camp workout for the Wolfpack coaches were he had a chance to showcase his talents.

"I had a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches," said Amerson. "It was fun at State's camp because I got to work out with coach Reed, who is my recruiter and position coach, and then we did some one-on-ones.

"I have a great relationship with coach Reed. I can talk about recruiting with him and how I would fit into the program... how I could contribute.

Coach Reed wasn't the only coach Amerson spent time with.

"Before we left I talked with the coaches, and I can tell State wants me to commit," he said. "I talked to all of the coaches, including coach O'Brien... I felt like they all want me to go there. I know them all pretty well now. I can tell they like me as a person and feel I can play... they want me to commit.

As a junior, Amerson tallied 60 tackles and nine interceptions while helping Dudley to a perfect 16-0 record and state championship. It was his first season playing football on the high school level, as he played just basketball his first two years at Dudley.

With offers on the table from NC State, Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU, Wake Forest, UNC, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Texas Tech among others, Amerson is one of North Carolina's most sought-after prospects. One of the programs heavily pursuing Amerson is Notre Dame. In fact, he was scheduled to visit the Fighting Irish the day after NC State's camp, but wasn't able to make the trip.

"I ended up not going to Notre Dame," he said. "I had some family stuff come up. Coach Brown talked to my mom, and I think we're trying to reschedule that and go up there."

As of now, four programs stick out.

"I'd give you a top four right now of Notre Dame, Clemson, [NC] State, and Virginia Tech," said Amerson. "It's just the relationships I have with the position coaches as well as my recruiting coaches. It's the connection, and I stay in touch with them all the time."

Here are Amerson's thoughts on those four schools.

Clemson: "Coach Pearman, my recruiting coach, I like him, and I also like coach Sweeney. I talk to him, and we have a good connection. I liked my visit when I went down there."

Virginia Tech: "Coach Gray, the defensive backs coach, I really like him, and I had a good feel for their fanbase."

Notre Dame: "Coach Brown is probably in contact with me the most, and that's the only school that I haven't visited yet. I still have a good connection with them, and coach Brown does a tremendous job recruiting me."

NC State: "I'm real close with coach Reed and, it's the connection I have with all the players and the coaches there. Things like that."

Amerson admits that NC State is his current leader.

"I could say State is my favorite right now," he said. "It's just the connection I have with them... the coaches and the players. It's really everything about them."

Rumors circulated early in the week that Amerson was close to making a decision. In fact, teammate Major Bryant informed Pack Pride on Tuesday that he believed Amerson almost committed to a school on Monday. Is that true?

"Yes sir, I was pretty close to making a decision," said Amerson. "I'm kind of debating whether to make it soon. I have some of my family and coaches still telling me to just be patient and make sure I visit all the schools so I'm sure, but I've been kind of debating it.

"I'll definitely have it done by the end of the summer, but if I'm not 100% sure I'm not going to rush it. I want to commit when I'm 100% sure because I'm not going to change my mind."

Amerson projects as a full qualifier with a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.

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