It's still fairly early in the recruiting process, but David Amerson (6-foot-1, 180-pounds) has already narrowed his listed of schools to four, and the Irish are right in the mix.
"They're in my top-four right now," Amerson replied when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "Clemson, Virginia Tech and N.C State are the other schools. All the schools in my top-four, I have a really good relationship with my recruiting coach and my position coach at the particular schools. Notre Dame is actually the school that's in my top-four that I haven't visited, so that really says a lot about the connection that I have with the coaches there.
"Everything is good with Notre Dame right now. I pretty much keep in contact with coach Brown every week. I think I'll be going up there for a visit soon. I think the plan is to go up there on the 26th of this month. I'll know a lot more after I take the visit, because I'll be able to see things for myself.
"Talking to coach Brown over the phone and emailing him, he seems like a guy that I can get along with; I really like him a lot," he said. "Coach Brown said that when I get up there that we're going to watch some film. I'll be able to see their coaching perspective and meet some of the other coaches, and get a feel for the overall atmosphere of Notre Dame. It sounds like I'll be able to get a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches.
"I want to meet some of the players and ask them some personal questions about the school and their experience there.
"I know they've been rebuilding a little bit," Amerson explained. " But I know that their tradition has always been good, so I know that they're going to get back to where they're having top-five seasons. I know that they're going to be very competitive and a top team.
After visiting Notre Dame Amerson thinks that he might have all the information he needs about his top schools.
"Right now I'd like to make my decision in late summer, around August," he explained. "That's when I'd like to make my decision, but if I don't know by then, I'll consider taking some official visits. If I'm not 100 percent sure where I'm comfortable, I'll take some official visits. Distance really won't have a factor in my decision. I'll go to any school that I feel is right for me."
David understands how fortunate he is to be in his position. If he hadn't taken a chance and switched sports, he likely wouldn't have the opportunities that he has now.
"I think I have 17 scholarship offers and I'm thankful for all of them," Amerson said. "This is my first year of playing football since converting from basketball. I played in middle school, but last year was my first year of playing football at the high school level.
"The football coach knew about me from middle school and he asked me to talk to him. He said that I should come out for football. He told me that I could make a good defensive back. He told me told me that the scholarship offers and all of this would come as long as I did my part.
"It's really crazy how it happened just like he said. I'm thankful that it's worked out as well as it did. I still play basketball, but I just play for fun. I'm just going to concentrate on football and prepare myself for the collegiate level."