The first two schools that Ameer Speed has visited – North Carolina and Wake Forest – have received an early lead for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood cornerback.
“Right now, I have UNC and Wake Forest – those are the top two that are really sticking out,” Speed said. “I just want to weigh out all my options and talk to the coaches more.
“I’ve been to [UNC and Wake Forest] and I like how they run their defense and how I’d fit in there.”
Speed, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, attended UNC’s exclusive junior day last Wednesday. On his way back to Florida, he stopped by Wake Forest.
“I love North Carolina’s campus,” Speed said. “And it seems like a good place to be.”
While on his way to NC, Speed collected offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, and Nebraska. His scholarship count now stands at 21.
Speed was accompanied to UNC by teammate Quran Hafiz, a fellow cornerback prospect who has collected nine FBS scholarship offers himself.
“At first, we got to meet all the coaches,” Speed said. “They brought us in and had us try on jerseys [and] take pictures. They were very energetic. We went to the locker room and had a little tour of the locker room and the weight room. And then after that we headed out to the game.”
Obviously, “the game” was the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry.
“It was amazing,” Speed said. “The crowd was live. Everyone was energetic. It was just a good environment.”
Throughout the visit, Speed spent time with Charlton Warren, UNC’s defensive backs coach.
“He just told me to keep in contact and how he wants me to get up there with my mother again,” Speed said. “He just wants to get me back up there as soon as possible with my mom.”
If not sooner, Speed says he’ll definitely return to UNC with his mother in tow this summer.
Warren sees Speed playing cornerback within UNC’s secondary. In the exact same capacity for 9-3 Sandalwood, Speed accumulated 30 tackles, an interception, and five pass breakups.