Rated a three-star safety by Scout.com, most schools recruited Amerson to play that position on the next level. However, this week at the Shrine Bowl he has been spending a lot of time lining up at cornerback and has turned heads with his play.
With his head coach, Steven Davis, leading North Carolina's defense, Amerson believes his familiarity with the scheme allows him to play any position in the secondary.
"It helps that I'm familiar with the defense," he said. "I think coach Davis is a defensive mastermind, so when you have all our athletes and great coaching it can't be anything but good for our defense.
"I feel like I can play corner or safety... it really doesn't matter to me. I think in the game on Saturday we have a chance to do well because we have a lot of good ballhawks out here."
Amerson is considered one of the top recruits in NC State's 2010 recruiting class, as he selected the Wolfpack over offers from Notre Dame, UNC, Clemson, and Virginia Tech among others. When asked if he prefers safety or cornerback, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder stated that he prefers playing time more than a position.
"I just want to be on the field," Amerson stated. "Whatever they need me to play I'll play. I just want to be on the field.
"I feel comfortable at corner or safety so it doesn't matter to me. When I get there I'll do whatever coach Reed asks me to do."
Wolfpack defensive backs coach Mike Reed developed a strong relationship with Amerson over the course of his recruitment and that bond played a role in Amerson's final decision.
"Oh man, I like coach Reed a lot," said Amerson. "I remember when I committed he was real happy and seemed glad I was going there.
"When I made my decision I knew it was right and my family did too. They loved it there. That's actually where my mom wanted me to go from the get-go."
Amerson's recruitment came down to NC State and Notre Dame, and he officially visited both programs. What led to his final decision?
"On my official visit it just felt right at State," he said. "Being around the players, it seemed like a family. Everyone is close. They knew how to have fun. It just seemed right."