August 28, 2008

Elite 2010 DT focused on season

Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr., is a near lock to be rated as one of the region's top prospects down the road and he has already received verbal offers from several schools.

It's too early for college coaches to turn up the heat but they have been in touch with Jimmy Ward, the coach of Frederick (Md.) St. John's Catholic Prep.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect now holds offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Maryland, Clemson, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina.

As a sophomore Ferguson recorded 106 tackles and 18 sacks. It may be tough to duplicate those numbers this year, but he's going to try.

"I've been doing most of my offseason stuff with my team," Ferguson said. "We've got our first game tomorrow and we should win.

"I've been working on being able to play anywhere along the line. Teams are going to be gameplanning against me so I want to be able to play end and tackle. I play a little linebacker, too.

"At the college level I'll play wherever I can get on the field fastest. Most of the ACC schools have said they want me to play defensive end and the SEC schools have said defensive tackle."

Ferguson has not contacted any college coaches in the past month, and that may not change for a while.

"I haven't talked to any coaches since June or July," he explained. "It's time for the season so I've been staying focused.

"I know my coach has got mail from the University of California, UCLA and NC State. We visited Maryland like three weeks ago. That was alright. I watched the practice and it was good to see what it's like."

Don't expect location to be a big factor in Ferguson's decision.

"Location doesn't matter at all," he said. "I'm going to pick a school I feel comfortable at, so location doesn't matter.

"I grew up watching different college teams. I grew up in Miami but I don't have a favorite team. We moved up here when I was in eighth grade, but I go back all the time."

Those schools that have extended verbal offers are expected to send written offers to Ferguson beginning September 1.

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