Three-star DB staying patient heading into senior season
Nalu Emerson is one of the hardest hitting defensive backs out West and he's opened some eyes in coverage drills at several events this offseason.
The three-star safety from Kahuku, Hawaii, holds three scholarship offers and is certainly a candidate to see his stock rise as a senior this year as a key part of one of the top contenders on the island. Hawaii, Navy and UNLV are the programs on the list heading into the season but a few more have the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defender on the radar.
"I have some offers, but my family and I have decided to just focus on the season and hold off on committing to see what happens," Emerson told 247Sports. "I'm looking at all of my options equally and hopefully after my senior season I can have a good idea of where I'm at.
"I have been hearing from Yale, Army, Notre Dame, Kansas State and USC. Notre Dame has been keeping in touch with me for a while now, ever since I went out to their camp. I felt like I did really well. The competition was good out there and I felt like I showed what I could do. I liked the campus -- it's beautiful out there. I've been in touch a bit with coach Brian Polian and he's been keeping me in the loop."
The Trojans are always active in Hawaii and this year is no different, already holding a commitment from two-way lineman Gino Quinones and targeting several other recruits. Emerson said USC plans to monitor his progress during the season.
"I've been hearing from coach Johnny Nansen and they really wanted me to go to their camp this summer, but I wasn't able to get out there," Emerson said. "Coach Nansen has been telling me to stay in touch because they'll be keeping an eye on me. The offer would be extremely big and it's been one of the dream schools since I was little."
At the moment, the two Mountain West schools have been making Emerson feel like a priority.
"UNLV is the most recent offer and that was actually a big one for me because I know some guys I work out with that go there," Emerson said. "I know that their football program is on the rise. I have been on the field before and I really liked the campus. It's a place I'm looking to officially visit hopefully.
"With Hawaii I'm still in contact with them. I have been talking with coach Craig Stutzmann and they have been telling me to head down to campus to hang out with the players."
Emerson is the nation's No. 137-rated safety and No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Hawaii for the 2019 class, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
[Check out Nalu's HUDL highlights here.]