When recruiting high players, college coaches often like to use the phrase ‘You’re not making a 4 year decision, you’re making a 40 year decision’.
Tonight, Central Valley star quarterback Ameer Dudley made a decision that should set him up to do well long after his football days are over with as he makes a commitment to attend Harvard.
Dudley had plenty of opportunities with offers from Air Force, Albany, Army, Bucknell, Central Michigan, Dartmouth, Duquesne, Lehigh, Robert Morris and William & Mary but Harvard was a place he couldn’t pass up.
“Harvard was something I couldn’t pass up on,” Dudley told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It’s one of if not the most prestigious schools in the country. People would literally kill to kill into a place like that. Once I got accepted, it was like wow I just got accepted and will be going to one of the best schools in the country.”
“I don’t want to say it was totally an easy decision to make because of the relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to make with some of the other programs. All of the coaches that recruited me are really good people and when I had to tell them I wouldn’t be going there it was really hard. I felt like I was leaving some coaches hanging. I wasn’t hard in terms of the decision but it was in terms of the relationship aspect.”
In terms of the education a student receives after graduating is obviously something the coaches didn’t have to sell hard. I asked Dudley what it was like letting the coaches know he’d be attending there.
”I actually kept my commitment quiet for awhile until I actually got accepted into the school,” said Dudley. “I didn’t want to be that kid that said I’m going there and then not get accepted. I was hard to be committed there and not tell anyone or the coaches.”
Dudley will play quarterback at Harvard and now is focused on helping his team win the PIAA state title after falling a game short last year.
— ameer dudley³ (@DudleyAmeer) November 17, 2020