Two weeks ago, Central Valley star quarterback Ameer Dudley’s recruitment was starting to gain speed as offers were coming in and visits and camps were being scheduled. However, like everything else in the world that has come to a hault due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
This shutdown is having a big impact on Dudley and many other junior athletes throughout the country who were hoping to attend various prospect camps this spring and summer in order to open the eyes of prospective programs.
Until things in the world stabilize, Dudley will remain patient and do whatever he can to get himself ready for his senior season and let his performance on the field be his most effective recruiting tool.
“Even though things have slowed down with my recruitment, the attention that I’ve already received has been a blessing,” Dudley told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I know that a lot of other players out there would kill for the offers that I’ve fortunately been able to receive. It’s unfortunate that I can’t go visit schools now during spring ball or have coaches come see me but I always believe things happen for a reason and I consider myself blessed.”
Dudley said that he planned on visiting Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, Kent State and others but those are all now on hold as he waits to hopefully return to school, something he’s anxious to do.
“I can’t wait to go back and I really miss seeing my friends everyday,” says Dudley. “I miss simple things like just walking down the halls and talking with people. I really want to go back to school, which is something I never would’ve thought I’d hear myself say that.”
Dudley and his Central Valley team will be looking to repeat as WPIAL champions, as they’ll return a loaded roster. While he plays quarterback for his Warriors team, it’s still up in the air as far as what position he’ll play in college because he’s mostly being recruited as an athlete. As far as Dudley is concerned, although he has a preference, he’ll do what’s best for his long-term future.
“I have a lot of schools looking at me and some aren’t ready to pull the trigger with an offer yet,” says Dudley. “That happens to a lot of kids in terms of schools being hesitant to offer because they want to make sure you fit their scheme.
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“To be honest, I’m not sure where I’ll be playing in college. I’m looked at as an athlete because I can do a lot of things but I feel I’m best as a quarterback. However, if I’m offered by a school and I love them and they want me to play another position, I’ll do it. I’m not going to turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity because I want to just play a certain position. If it’s a great school that l like, it matches my major and they’re a great football team, I’ll play wherever.”
As things stand now, Dudley holds offers from Air Force, Army, Bethune-Cookman, Central Michigan, Lehigh and William & Mary.