Still Speechless

Graduate assistant Brian White is quickly making an impact at Notre Dame.

For the past three years, White was part of the Maryland coaching staff, before taking his current position in South Bend on February 13th. While he was a Terrapin, one of the players he was responsible for recruiting was David Amerson.

White showed Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown film of the standout safety from Dudley High in Greensboro, N.C., and it didn't take Brown long to get Amerson on the phone.

"He said there is not too many DBs in high school that can come up and hit as hard as I do, and play the deep ball as well as I do, and that's what he's looking for in a DB and everything," Amerson explained.

Head coach Charlie Weis agreed with Brown.

Last Friday, a couple days after his first talk with Brown, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Amerson was talking to Weis about a Notre Dame scholarship offer.

"I'm still speechless," Amerson said. "That's a big-time football program and everything. I'm really interested in learning more about Notre Dame and the coaches and everything, and just see how the campus is. I'm real interested."

Amerson was very impressed by his short conversation with Weis.

"It was a memorable moment. I see him on TV and everything. I see him on SportsCenter, and to be talking to him on the phone is a memorable moment. Basically, he said he was offering me a full scholarship, and he wants me to come down and play for them. He asked me what I think about Notre Dame and everything, and he was giving me compliments on my game and how I play and everything."

Notre Dame became the eighth program to offer Amerson a scholarship. North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina have also stepped to the table with a full-ride.

In helping lead Dudley High to a 16-0 record and state championship, Amerson made 60 tackles and picked off nine passes. Besides his current scholarship offers, he is hearing from several other programs from across the nation.

With the attention he's getting, Amerson says he has no favorites, and has already made visits to all of his offers with the exception of Lubbock and South Bend. Amerson plans to be on Notre Dame's campus real soon.

"I think I'm going to come up in April for the Blue-Gold scrimmage," he said. "That's when I'll probably be up there, unless something comes up sooner."

Excited about his Irish offer, Amerson now has to learn more about the school.

"I don't know much about the school personally, but I know about the football team. I used to play with them on (the video game) NCAA. I don't know too much about the school as a whole."

Amerson also isn't sure what he wants to major in, but holds a 3.5 GPA, and would like to make a college decision before the kickoff of his senior season.

"Just how the coaches treat the players, and fan atmosphere, and are they in a position to compete for some kind of bowl title or National Championship," Amerson explained of what he's looking for in a school. "The players as a whole, are they a family, are the players tight? If I go away from home, I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable and welcome and everything. I'll probably get that feeling about a school and just know it's the right school for me."

Perhaps just like Brown knew Amerson was a safety for him.


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